A 15 year contract has been signed between Nigeria and Belarus with Nigeria winning a bid to provide communications satellite technology to the northern European nation.
The Nigerian government through the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, on Wednesday disclosed that it had won the bid to provide communications satellite technology services to the Republic of Belarus over a 15-year period.
Besides leasing transponders to neighbouring Ghana, Gabon, Cote’dVoire and several other countries using its NIGCOMSAT -1R infrastructure, wining the Belarus satellite bid has further positioned Nigeria among top global communications satellite players.
Addressing the media after tour of its facilities in Abuja, the Managing Director of NigComSat, Ms. Abimbola Alale, who was represented by the Head of Public Affairs of the company, Mr. Admu Idris, hinted that the Minister of Communications Technology, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, will be leading a Nigeria delegation to Minsk for the launch of the Belintersat-1 in January 2016.
NIGCOMSAT will provide In-Orbit Test (IOT) and Carrier Spectrum Monitoring (CSM) services for the Belarus Satellite known as Belintersat-1 Satellite, using Nigeria’s ground satellite facilities in its Abuja office.