Nigeria: Hyperia, Yahsat Rollout Satellite Broadband Service

Telecoms

Hyperia Limited, an indigenous Internet Service Provider (ISP), and Yahsat, a satellite communications company, have rolled out a satellite-based broadband service in the country.

Deputy Managing Director, Hyperia, George Opara, who spoke at the pre-service inauguration of the broadband service in Lagos, recently, said the solution would assist in reducing the high cost of broadband internet service in Nigeria.

He said, "We have been working over two to three years to bring this solution into the market. Hyperia already has major VSAT product in the C-band and KU band. We have our hub in London and we service every part of Nigeria. When we saw the importance of this project and how it is going to help reduce the cost of Internet broadband, Hyperia Limited became very much interested. We have tested the C and KU bands and with emergence of KA band we have seen immense potential. This is a pre-service launch and we expect that the service will be up and running few weeks from now."

He explained that the broadband service would compete favourably with WiMAX and Wi-Fi service in Nigeria, adding that the satellite-based broadband solution was totally independent of terrestrial infrastructure.

According to him, the inauguration of the satellite service into Nigeria's telecommunications market would enable more Nigerians especially those in undeserved and unserved areas to have access to efficient and reasonably priced broadband service via satellite technology.

This, according to him, would enable more Nigerians to enjoy broadband internet access without having to wait for terrestrial systems to roll out expensive fibre networks.

Commenting on the satellite service, Chief Commercial Officer, Yahsat, Mr. Shawkat Ahmad, said the broadband solution would cover the entire country.

He pointed out that the service would play a pivotal role in economic development by connecting rural and urban communities thereby creating informed societies.

On the cost-effectiveness of the broadband solution, Ahmad said Nigerians could instantaneously connect to the internet using a small satellite dish and satellite modem wherever the satellite signal was received.

While delivering a paper on broadband delivery through satellite communications, the President, Society of Satellite Professionals International, Andrew Aro, said the broadband service rode on the KA band which was undeniably suitable for the peculiarities of Nigeria's internet access market.

With the satellite service, Aro explained that ISPs could expand the reach of their terrestrial broadband infrastructure network without need to invest in expensive infrastructure.