With this approval, Viasat has kicked off an internet trial in five Nigerian communities to connect approximately 15,000 people.
Viasat has announced that it was granted a full suite of operating licensesInternet Service Provider (ISP) license, VSAT license and three Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM) licensesin order to bring high-quality satellite internet connectivity to Nigerian communities where limited or no internet service is currently available.
The Nigerian Communications Commission granted Viasat multiple licenses to operate within the 28GHz Ka-band satellite frequency band.
With access to the 28GHz Ka-band spectrum, Viasat will be positioned to expand its satellite-based internet connectivity service to more regions and citizens across Africaahead of the launch of ViaSat-3, its global satellite constellation comprised of three communications satellites. A ViaSat-3 satellite also aimed to serve Africa, as well as Europe and the Middle East.
Rick Baldridge, President and CEO, Viasat, said: “We are proud to be working with the NCC and the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to help the Nigerian government achieve their broadband goals to improve the quality of life of its citizens. We believe our proven satellite internet solution, will bring cost-effective internet services to Nigerian towns where large gaps exist between demand and the affordability and availability of internet services. We want to thank the NCC for granting us the license framework required, and for preserving 28GHz Ka-band spectrum for satellite-based services that will greatly contribute to breaking down barriers required to achieve digital and social inclusion for all of Nigeria.”
Since being granted the licenses, Viasat has begun a trial programme to connect five unserved Nigerian communities covering approximately 15,000 people.