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Hotspot, NIGCOMSAT deploy satellite technology for rural connectivity in Nigeria


Hotspot Network Limited, one of the leading technology companies specialising in rural connectivity solutions, has partnered with NIGCOMSAT Limited to deploy cutting-edge satellite technology and innovative connectivity solutions to remote and rural areas that have traditionally lacked internet access.

Under the agreement signed, Hotspot and NIGCOMSAT will leverage their respective strengths to deploy satellite technology and innovative connectivity solutions to connect remote and rural areas that have traditionally lacked internet access.

Morenikeji Aniye, Hotspot’s CEO, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to work alongside NIGCOMSAT in this endeavour. At Hotspot, connecting the millions of unconnected people remains a cardinal objective of our mission.

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“By combining our expertise and resources, we will be able to deploy innovative solutions that bring reliable and affordable internet access to rural communities, empowering them to participate fully in the digital economy and access essential services.”

Hotspot Network Limited is a one-stop shop for all networking and telecommunications needs, dedicated to bringing innovative solutions to rural communities.

This rural connectivity project, in partnership with the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), targets numerous rural communities across Nigeria with services delivered via the NigComSat-1R Ka-Band platform.

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“At NIGCOMSAT, we are committed to leveraging our technological capabilities to drive digital transformation and improve the lives of Nigerians, especially those in underserved regions,” said Jane Nkechi Egerton-Idehen, Managing Director and CEO of NIGCOMSAT Limited.

“This collaboration with Hotspot highlights our unwavering dedication to connect the unconnected and ensure that no community is left behind in the digital age.”

According to the statement by the partners, the joint initiative will commence immediately, with plans to roll out the first phase of the project in select rural areas within the next six months.

The USPF and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy have been spearheading a series of initiatives to expand rural connectivity, promote digital inclusion, and drive job creation in the country’s thriving digital economy.

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Last week, Bosun Tijani, the minister of communications and digital economy, announced significant progress in discussions with Development Finance Institutions to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) aimed at expanding the nation’s fibre optic network by 90,000 kilometers.

The project will boost Nigeria’s existing fibre optic cable infrastructure from 35,000 km to 125,000 km, making it the third-longest terrestrial fibre optic backbone in Africa, behind South Africa and Egypt.

“We had an extremely productive conversation with Development Finance Institutions and other stakeholders to identify and outline steps towards setting up the SPV to build out 90,000 km of fibre optic connectivity across Nigeria,” Tijani said on X (formerly Twitter).