In Nigeria Communications satellite reportedly idle in space

A government official stated that the N34 billion naira communication satellite was lying idle partly because of inter-agency rivalry between the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and the Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)

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According to various media reports, Nigeria’s communications satellite, NigComSat 1-R, which is supposedly worth billions of naira, is reportedly lying idle in space in spite of its enormous communication resources.

Citing unnamed sources in the Nigerian space technology industry, Daily Trust reports that high cost of internet data, the country’s inability to meet the June 17 International Telecommunications Union Digital Switch Over deadline and absence of real time tele-medicine in the country, amongst others, are the responsible for the idleness of the NigComsat 1-R.

The local newspaper said in its report that NigComSat-1R’s transponders have not been put into use even for once since it was re-launched in 2011.

Another source, a government official stated that the N34 billion naira communication satellite was lying idle partly because of inter-agency rivalry between the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and the Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) over who should manage the satellite and its operations.

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He further added that inadequate funds to facilitate training of engineers abroad to update their knowledge on the functions and management of the satellite as one of the many reasons for the satellite’s idleness in space.

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