Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) has announced that two new satellites, NigComSat-2 and NigComSat-3, will be launched in 2023 and 2025, respectively, to replace the present NigComSat 1-R, which will expire in 2026. Dr Abimbola Alale, NIGCOMSAT’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, made the announcement at a stakeholders’ forum held recently in Lagos by NIGCOMSAT.
Industry players, civil society organisations, and the military attended the forum, with the theme “NIGCOMSAT Ltd, The Present And The Future” hosted by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami. When completed, NigComSat-2 and NigComSat-3 will replace NigComSat 1-R, which was launched in 2011. NigComSat 1-R, which has a 15-year expected lifespan, will expire in 2026, necessitating a replacement.
Alale stated in her opening remarks, “how pleased she was to notify stakeholders of the desire to acquire further satellites between now and 2025, with the NigComSat-2 (Hight Throughput Satellite) set to launch in 2023 and the NigComSat-3 set to launch in 2025.” The above mentioned will not only give clients and channel partners more confidence in the organisation, but it will also put NIGCOMSAT Ltd in the lead among communication satellite operators with a fleet of satellites in orbit.”
Alma Okpalefe, NIGCOMSAT’s Legal Adviser and Company Secretary said the two satellites’ planned launches in 2023 and 2025 would enable NIGCOMSAT to accomplish its mandate of commercialising satellite resources in Nigeria and providing quality and affordable satellite services to Nigerians.
According to Okpalefe, the first satellite, NigComSat-1, was launched in 2006 but later de-orbited due to a technical failure shortly after launch. She went on to say that the failure of NigComSat-1 resulted in the satellite being relaunched in 2011 as a replacement for NigComSat-1, dubbed NigComSat 1-R.
When the two satellites are launched in 2023 and 2025, Alale says Nigerians can expect better satellite service quality and ubiquitous broadband services.