Federal government has said that it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Great Wall Corporation Company (CGWCC) to replace the damaged Nigeria Communications Satellite 1 (NigComSat1) in March this year.
China Great Wall Corporation Company was the firm that constructed NigComSat-1 which was powered down on November 10, last year due to crisis with the solar panel whose battery powers began to deplete from 42 amps to 33 and finally hitting 18 amps, necessitating its shut down
Alhassan Bako Zaku, minister of Science and Technology disclosed this at the inspection of some projects in National Space research Development Agency (NASRDA) in Abuja. According to him, under the contractual agreement signed between the Chinese firm and the Federal Government, the replacement will be at no cost to the Nigerian government.
The minister also revealed that arrangement has been concluded to launch Nigeria sat 2 in July 2009. He said: “I am pleased to inform you that the Nigeria Sat 2 is on scheduled. The space craft is presently undergoing Thermo vacuum test at SSTL facilities in U.K. The Space craft would be ready for launch in July 2009”
Zaku while recalling that in 2006, Nigeria signed the contract for the design, building and launch of a mini satellite with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), Guildford Surrey UK which include the establishment of an X, S band ground station, in Abuja disclosed that the new ground station building and the installed 7.3 meters antenna would be commissioned in April 2009.
The minister stressed that the Nigeria Sat 2 would continue to receive attention from the government because of its critical role in national security particularly in the monitoring of existing oil installation and other infrastructure.
According to him the 2.5 m resolution of the Nigeria Sat-2 is designed to help upgrade the present state of most of our cities and other aspect of land reforms of the administration and more importantly its expected role in the development of agriculture in the country and other environmental issue.
Commending on the ongoing project of the Assembly and Integrating Test Centre (AIT) Bako Zaku stressed that when completed and equipped will provide all the required facilities for our scientists/engineers to carry out research towards the building of our satellite here in Nigeria.
“The facility will be capable of handling satellite of up to one tonne. Nigeria will be capable of building satellite for other countries in future most especially other African countries and also competing with other satellite manufacturers all over the world”.
Other projects inspected at the Space Agency include Geo-spatial data bank and Library building which is expected to provide a standard information management system designed to stimulate industrial development, commerce, foreign investment and diversified economy.
“It is a powerful planning tool that will significantly improve the quality, efficiency and technical depth of decision making in the allocation of resources, environmental management, land use, agriculture mineral resources, urban planning,” he said.
According to him, it would also reduced duplication of efforts among agencies, improving quality, ensure easy accessibility to geo-spatial data and reduce cost in the acquisition of geo-spatial information data
Seidu Mohammed, acting director general of NARSDA in his remarks said funding is one of the major challenges facing the agency, and therefore called for the minister’s intervention to ensure adequate funding of the agency to enable it play its role in the development of the nation’s economy.
He said the space application could be used among others to ensure lasting peace and security in the Niger Delta and tackle insurgence of militants attack and illegal bunkering in the area.
According to Mohammed the yet to be launched Nigeria communication Satellite 2 (NigComSat2) will boost the economy and address illegal fishing on the nation ocean as well as supporting food security in country.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.
The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.
They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception
“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said
The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.
It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.
Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.
“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.
Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria
Tizeti announced that it selected Nokia’s Fastmile Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable usprovide superior internet services to over 1 Million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.
Tizeti will deploy Nokia’s AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and FastmileFixed Wireless Access (FWA) gatewaysto deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to Residential, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The solution will also enable Tizeti’sto deliver a more robust, high-speedinternet service to subscribers and the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.
Nokia’s FWA solution enables Tizeti to fast-track broadband access and provide a best-in-class broadband experience to its subscribers.
Nokia’sAirScale Base Stations ensure high-quality connectivity and coverage and enablesTizeti to evolve the network in line with customer demand.
Nokia’sFastmilegateways connect wirelessly to the existing network to createa fastbroadband connection and enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home.
The Nokia Network Services Platform will help Tizeti to simplify operations and quickly respond to changing market demands.
Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti, said:“We are committed to providing the best-in-class network experience to our subscribers. We are confident that Nokia’s proven technology and expertise will help us differentiate our services based on quality. This a crucial project for us as it introduces LTE in our networks and allows us to bring new and innovative services to our subscribers.”
Eniola Balogun, Nokia, said:“We are thrilled to work with Tizeti on the initiative to upgrade their network to bring the latest products and services to its subscribers. Nokia Fastmile will help Tizeti to cost-effectively enhance the customer experience.
The project will also enable them to delight their subscribers by providing more reliable data services.
On the other hand, Tizeti will benefit by adding new revenue streams.”
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