NigComSAT lists advantages of satellite to Nigeria’s digital agenda
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSAT), Dr. Abimbola Alale has said the firm is leveraging NigComSAT-1R to provide complimentary solutions for an effective digital economy.
Speaking at the 2021 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series on Internet Governance for Development (NDSF) held in Lagos, Alale said the firm is already linking stakeholders, especially ones in the hinterland, via the NigComSAT-1R.
Alale, who was represented by the acting General Manager, Marketing at NigComSAT, Mrs. Ibiye Ukoko, while speaking on “The Role of NigComSAT on Digital Cooperation for Enhanced Digital Economy” said that the advantages of using the satellite in this case, include quick and fast deployment, cheaper infrastructure in less commercially viable areas as well as broadcast services.
She cited an instance during a crisis period, saying that since the unrest situation in Nigeria, NigComSAT has had to work and ensure connectivity is provided, back up services to servers and ensure ubiquitous, equitable and affordable access to ICT infrastructure.
In addition, she said, NigComSAT is leveraging the satellite to promote access to basic and advanced telecom infrastructure and services; develop an enabling environment for ICT applications in other fields cutting across commerce, health, and education to name a few.
Equally, she said they have increased collaborative efforts within the private sector, civil society and government.
NigComSAT, she informed, is a satellite operator having launched the NigComSAT -1R satellite to offer connectivity solutions across its coverage areas, adding that the digital infrastructure has the capacity to provide effective connectivity across Nigeria and their regions.
“The Internet has affected every aspect of our lives and this space is heavily dominated by the private sector, this is why the private sector needs to be heavily engaged as a stakeholder,” she said.
According to the NigComSAT boss, a digital economy speaks to a range of functions and implementation. Noting that digitization of the Nigerian economy has so far created benefits and efficiencies as digital technologies drive innovation, job opportunities and economic growth.
“The Nigerian digital economy affects all aspects of society, influencing the way people interact and bring about broad changes,” she said.
Alale also pointed out that Nigeria’s digital transformation is already having a great impact on the economy as it applies to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in comparison to other sectors.
“The ICT sector contributed 14.07 per cent to the total real GDP in Q1 2020 higher than its contribution in 2019 at 13.32 per cent. In Q2 2020, the sector contributed 17.83 per cent, increasing the amount contributed to about N1.78 trillion and N1.28 trillion in Q1 while the oil sector contributed 8.93 per cent in the same quarter,” she said.