In a public notice released on 31 December 2019, the Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, Henry Nkemadu, said the authorisation is in line with the directives enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act NCA-2003 and the Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, which came into effect in November 2018.
“In line with the provisions of Section 13 of the Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines, the Commission to date has issued Landing Permits to 55 Space Stations providing coverage over Nigeria’s territory,” the statement reads in part.
The list provides the information for each Space Station Landing Permit holder such as Space Station’s licensing administration, orbital location; the name of Space Station/Operator; Frequency bands, Frequency range and Service type (either Fixed or Mobile satellite service). It also includes Bandwidth and Landing Permit duration.
The satellite operators with landing permits as shown in the list include Avanti Hylas-2 Ltd, Eutelsat, Immarsat, Intelsat, OneWeb, SES-owned NSS Licensee and Yahsat.
The Commission said the public notice informs all relevant stakeholders and operators in the Nigerian telecommunications market. It also noted a biannual updating of the list to reflect the status of market access, depending on whether the Commission receives a notification requesting for granting or removal of a Landing Permit or a Space Station from service due to the lapse of Permit, amongst other reasons.
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Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry, national space programmes and real-life application of space science for sustainable development in Africa.