The north can smile wider as news reaches us that Gilat Satcom, the communication solution as they are known for, will provide voice and high speed data in 10 rural villages in Nigeria, and they are; Adamawa, Borno, Kano, Katsina, Oyo and Yobe in Nigeria.
After the company’s press conference that was held, they intend to deploy its Village Island system with full communications system that includes VSATs, Wi-Fi routers, solar-power, two communal tablets per village as well as service management.
Gilat Satcom’s Village Island solution was chosen by Nigeria’s Total IT Solutions as the infrastructure and service platform for the Community Hub networks. Total IT Solutions are currently rolling out the networks on behalf of Nigeria’s Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) which was established to facilitate the extension of ICT and network services to rural, unserved and underserved areas of the country.
The latest figures from the USPF are that around 36.8 million people in Nigeria live in areas that are more than 5km from a BTS and are therefore considered underserved or unserved.
According to Eran Yoran, CMO and Head of Business Development at Gilat Satcom, “Providing affordable access in rural Africa is an ongoing theme for the telecoms industry. We have worked for a long time to provide a solution which is both affordable for the village end-user and profitable for the entire supply chain.”
Muhammad Yahya Sanda, CEO of Total IT Solutions, said: “The 10 village networks already exceed my expectations – and, most importantly, the expectations of the villagers. We all have friends and family in rural areas and now they are connected to us and to education, medical services, commerce and so much more. Gilat Satcom’s Village Island is an extremely well-designed, self-contained system and key to the success of this project. Village Island enables us to build low-cost networks which can easily scale with demand.”
Judging from its great success. Gilat Satcom has decided to put the rural areas into consideration as one of their benefactors.