Viasat Enters Nigeria’s Internet Service Industry

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Many people in Nigeria complain about how costly internet usage is in the country. Perhaps, if there are more providers the cost could be pulled down, while the quality of service is enhanced through effective competition.

That’s the reason that Viasat’s entrance into Nigeria seems to be a welcome development. The company has recently secured its internet service provider license and is ready to add value to the lives of customers who will depend on it for good service.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is working with Viasat to provide a full suite of operations which includes an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, a VSAT license, and three Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM) licenses. These are required in order for the company to bring high-quality satellite connectivity to Nigerian people where there is a limited or no internet service.

Will this service equally penetrate the rural areas where people are often left with little or connectivity? We stand to see how far Viasat will penetrate these areas. Viasat has the fastest-growing segment of satellite communications, and the leading broadband solution to connect the estimated 3.6 billion people worldwide left behind by terrestrial infrastructure.

Viasat Network
Viasat Network

With its 28GHz Ka-band spectrum, Viasat will position itself to expand its services across more regions in Africa, ahead of the launch of Viasat-3. The Viasat.3 will be expected to serve people in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It is expected to be launched in 2022.

When speaking to newsmen, the CEO of Viasat expressed confidence in Viasat. He said he is also confident and proud that Viasat is working along with NCC and the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to help the Nigerian government achieve its broadband goals, and improve the lives of its citizens.

In view of this, Viasat has commenced a trial program to connect five unserved  Nigerian communities covering about 15,000 people.

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