By Prince Osuagwu
The new Permanent Secretary to the Communications Technology Ministry, Dr Henry Akpan last week, regretted why government has not properly harnessed facilities at the Nigeria Communications Satellite Company Ltd, NigComSat for nation building.
Akpan who was on official familiarization tour at the Abuja facility of the satellite company, said that with what he saw, NIGCOMSAT has what it takes to take the nation to the next level. For him, “they are doing beautiful things here. I am very impressed with what they are doing here. This is not only a process but rather we are seeing outcomes and hope it will impact on the lives of Nigerians“.
Akpan in company of directors in the Ministry said that government should look inwards for the development of the country.
The tour, which took him round from the Micro-Electronic Centre, MEC, to the Satellite Control Centre, SCC, where he was shown the dynamics in satellite technology operations and the telemetry control, was later taken to the Network Operating Centre NOC, where billing process was demonstrated.
At the Direct-To-Home, DTH, Centre, Chief Executive Officer of NIGCOMSAT Engr Ahmed Rufai explained to Akpan and his team that the company has what it takes to digitalise the entire Nigerian Broadcasting industry in the shortest time possible in order to actualize the digitilisation deadline of January 1, 2015.
Rufai said, “Content providers could use the DTH for uplink and transmission of their contents to viewers which will save the providers the risk of spending billions to build DTH facility. We have reduced the entry barrier for a new business man, so if someone has his content now, tomorrow he is in business but he will pay only for transmission. Eutelsat has this kind of facility in Torino, the same with China Satcom and Russian Satellite Communications. These are enablers for revenue generation”he added.
He however, beckoned on broadcasters in the country to make use of the available analogue to digital migration facilities in NIGCOMSAT to beat the 2015 deadline of analogue to digital transmission.