China delivers new satellite to Nigeria
The Nigerian government has formally taken delivery of its Communications Satellite, NigComSat-1R from China, a replacement for NigComSat-1 Satellite which fell from orbit in 2007.
‘’NigComSat-1R is a hybrid geostationary satellite located at an orbital position of 42.50 E with a life span of at least 15 years, a total of 40 transponders which will provide optimal and cost effective voice, data, video, internet and application services solutions. NigComSat-1R is a replacement satellite for NigComSat-1 Satellite,’’said Nigeria Communication Satellite, NigComSat.
NigComSat-1R satellite was delivered on Monday. It is the replacement of Nigeria’s damaged Satellite provided by the Chinese, something the Chairman Board of Directors of Nigeria’s Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Tuner Isoun said allayed fears about the functionality of the satellite.
In a message, President Goodluck Jonathan advised all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to take advantage of this new technology so as to expedite governance to the benefits of Nigerians.
Representing Jonathan at the ceremony in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Isoun assured existing and potential customers that the new communication satellite was reliable.
As WADR’s Abuja Correspondent Martins Martins reports, the Nigerian government said it has set in motion a machinery to acquire NigComSat-2 and 3 as backups to NigComSat-1R, in case of any unforeseen situation as happened in the past.
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