Only weeks to NigComSat liftoff
COMPUTING| Nov. 29, 2011, 3:55 p.m.
Nigeria’s newest communications satellite is set to launch from China on 19 December.
The satellite, NigComSat 1R, will replace a previous communications satellite that was decommissioned in 2008. It is expected to significantly improve broadcasting and internet connectivity options in Nigeria.
It will be launched by the China Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC), which will also provide management support.
Nigerian Communications Minister Omobola Johnson told stakeholders this week that the satellite would help make Nigeria more globally competitive. It is also expected to contribute to reducing the cost of bandwidth.
The satellite will also be used to provide navigation services to the aviation and maritime industries.
The managing director of NigComSat Limited, Timansaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, said the new satellite was expected to have a lifespan of over 15 years.
It has payloads of seven antennae and 28 transponders, to address redundancy, and it operates under four different bands: C-, Ku-, KA- and the L-bands.
Earlier this year, two other Nigerian satellites were sent into orbit aboard the Dnepr rocket in southern Russia.
The NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites were successfully launched from Yasny in southern Russia.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Cloud - the perfect weapon for SMEsCloud Computing gives smaller companies unprecedented access to enterprise-grade software and infrastructure services – allowing them to grow rapidly and compete with larger, more established competitors, says T-Systems. Read More
AfDB, MasterCard to expand financial inclusion in AfricaThe African Development Bank (AfDB) and MasterCard have announced a broad collaboration that aims to expand financial inclusion across the African continent by broadening access and usage of digital financial services. Read More
Partnership expands ICT support for Ebola fight in West AfricaCollaboration among NetHope, Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Cisco, EveryLayer and Inveneo will provide sustainable Internet connectivity solutions to support frontline response efforts and long-term recovery in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Read More
IT hiccups put Botswana varsity in disarrayBotswana’s biggest university, the University of Botswana (UB) has been hamstrung by an IT problem that threatens to throw the institution into disarray. Read More
Soronko Solutions takes Tech Needs Girls programme to deprived regions in GhanaOver 300 girls in the Upper West region of Ghana will be receiving hands-on education on ICT, thanks to the Soronko Solutions Road show known as the Tech Needs Girls programme. Read More
Mascom to hand over Kitsong centresAs has become tradition, this year, Mascom will hand over ten Business Communication Centres, popularly known as Kitsong Centres. Read More
Hot five tech trends for 2015In2IT Technologies South Africa predicts this year’s top five tech trends. Read More
Human interface services revenue to break billion dollar barrier within 5 yearsJuniper Research says that by 2019 the global market for services based on gesture and biometric interface technologies will be worth an estimated $1.2 billion. Read More
Pandora’s set-top-boxControlling and facilitating access to the vast amount of content available on the internet and on our TVs, smart phones and myriad of other connected devices in the home today is no easy task, says Pace. Read More
FEATURED STORYUCC launches 2015 ACIA awards
Uganda has launched the fifth Annual Communications and Innovation Awards, which celebrate and foster ICT innovation and achievement.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya’s digital TV battle hots up
Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.
COMPANY NEWSSpectra Wireless, Microsoft 4Afrika launch first commercial TV white spaces services in Africa
University students will now get fast, affordable Internet bundles and receive zero-interest financing when purchasing a new device.