Nigeria to Manage Belarus’s Satellite for 15 Years
Nigeria has made history in the global space technology market by becoming the first country in the Sub-Sahara Africa to manage a foreign satellite. This followed the emergence of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) Limited, the operator of NigComSat-R, the Nigerian Communication Satellite as the winner of a bidding process to provide In-Orbit test (IOT) and Carrier Spectrum Monitoring (CSM) services for Belintersat-1 Satellite.
According to the General Manager satellite Operations, NigComsat, Danjuma Ndihgihdah, Nigeria won the bid due to the high capacity of her ground facility at NigComSat base in Abuja, her human capacity resource, and the confidence reposed in NigComSat by the Chinese giant – CGWIC.
With this feat, Nigeria becomes the first African nation to compete at the international stage as a major player in space technology.
On the benefits derivable from the leasing services, he said Nigeria would rake in revenue from the 15 years’ service provision to Belarus and build more capacity for Nigerian engineers, as well as open more frontiers for Nigeria as a global player in the space.