Nigeria unveils National Policy on VSAT

By Stanley Iwuoha

The federal government of Nigeria has concluded plans to train 600 Nigerian youths on National Policy on Very Small Aperture Terminal,VSAT installations and core skills. This is part of the efforts to implement a new Policy on the technology as well as deepen broadband penetration in the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami disclosed this in Abuja at the official launch of the National Policy on VSAT installation core Skills for Nigerians.
Pantami said the plan for the policy was to leverage on Nigeria’s communications satellite, NigComSat-1R as a critical national infrastructure to deepen broadband connectivity and serve the underserved and rural communities.

The Nigerian Satellite (NigComSat–1R), he said is one of the critical national infrastructure under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy that can be leveraged to deepen broadband penetration and to deliver Direct to Home (DTH) Services in the country.

VSAT dishes
The Minister, who underscored the role of broadband connectivity in the development of digital economy, said: “We are developing skill acquisition policies for the various infrastructure required to drive the digital economy. According to Satellite Market & Research publication, VSAT market is getting more prevalent in several emerging economies, particularly in Asia Pacific and Latin America, which are undertaking initiatives to digitalize their economies to compete with their developed competitors.”

“This can only be actualized through the deployment of Very Small Aperture terminals (VSAT). Further digital content is also delivered to homes via the Television Receive Only (TVRO) antennas and decoders. To effectively deploy Satellite-based services, training and re-training of Nigerians on VSAT installation, TVRO Antenna Installation and configuration of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) is therefore required to enhance the process.”

Pantami, explained that the training of the 600 youths is in furtherance of government’s commitment to empower indigenes with the requisite digital skills for a globally competitive digital economy.
The first phase of the training will take place in two states in each of the geopolitical zones. North West: Kano and Kebbi; North East: Gombe and Bauchi; North Central: Niger and Plateau; South West: Ekiti and Lagos; South East: Abia and Anambra and South-South: Rivers and Akwa Ibom States

In his remarks, the Chairman Board of Directors, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, NigComSat Ltd, Yusuf Kazure said, “when Nigeria as a nation is leveraging on the digital technologies to drive government digital services, it has to optimise the communications infrastructure for national economic development and digital innovation to create value and prosperity.”

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