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Netcom Africa signs deal with SES World Skies to expand broadcast TV, telecom across Nigeria

Under a contract with Netcom Africa centred on Nigeria, SES World Skies has aligned its Astra 2B and NSS-10 satellites to deliver services ranging from broadband and VoIP to digital TV...

Meeting the escalating demand for content and connectivity across Africa, SES World Skies and Netcom Africa have signed a multi-year deal to expand delivery of telecom and broadcast television services throughout Nigeria and West Africa. Under the latest in a series of agreements between the two companies, Netcom will augment its existing capacity utilising multi transponders on Ku-band; this will enable Netcom to meet rising demand for its broad range of telecom and broadcast television services among businesses, universities and consumers in cities and towns across the West African nation of Nigeria and beyond. 

The SES World Skies Astra 2B satellite offers 16 Ku-band transponders that provide beam coverage over West Africa. The spacecraft is fully capable of providing highly reliable Internet, telecom and DTH services in this fast growing region. NSS-10, also from SES World Skies, is a high-powered C-band satellite at 322.5 degrees East serving regional, transcontinental and transoceanic customers in North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa.

“We have depended on the reliability and reach of SES World Skies for years to interconnect our global teleports in Nigeria, London and the US and to offer our diverse customer base the best worldwide network access possible,” said Yen Choi, Group Executive Vice-President and CTO for Netcom Africa..

“Netcom is using this latest layer of satellite capacity from SES World Skies to serve a broad range of exciting applications across Nigeria and West Africa,” Yen Choi explained. “From high-speed IP backbone connections for a leading mobile phone company to dedicated broadband for schools and travel agencies and a TV station’s DVB broadcast across the continent, SES World Skies is enabling Netcom to meet the tremendous regional demand for connectivity and content.”

“Netcom is a premier provider of innovative telecommunications services across Nigeria, the region and around the world,” said Nicolas Baravalle, Vice-President of Africa Sales for SES World Skies. “The SES World Skies team is committed to supporting Netcom and other telecom and broadcast leaders as they extend the reach of their services to meet the needs of increasingly discerning and connected Nigerian communities as well as corporations serving customers virtually anywhere.”

* Founded in 2004 to cater for Africa’s emerging markets, Netcom Africa a communication infrastructure provider of IP networking services. Headquartered in Lagos and licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission, Netcom offers a product suite using technologies in satellite, fibre and microwave communications to provide solutions in each and every market segment. With multiple VSAT hubs globally and direct submarine capacity through geographically diverse routes, Netcom Africa is peered with multiple tier one network providers in the USA and UK. 

** SES World Skies is the new global division of SES, created through the combination of the former SES World Skies and SES Americom. The company operates a fleet of 25 satellites – part of the 40 spacecraft of the SES group - delivering services as diverse as television distribution and broadcast, Internet access, data transmission and business and government communications to customers worldwide. SES World Skies’ unique customer-focused approach allows it to offer the best satellite solution for a host of business and government requirements, with a view toward helping customers meet their short-term challenges and realize their longer-term goals. The company comprises a world-class team of customer care and technical professionals located in Princeton (NJ), The Hague, Washington DC, Singapore, Beijing, London, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Sydney, Accra and Johannesburg.

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