NIGCOMSAT set to deepen access, affordability of satellite internet with PortaBilling

NIGCOMSAT set to deepen access, affordability of satellite internet with PortaBilling

- The federal government is keen on making internet satellite affordable

- The government is making sure this is done by the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT)

- NigComSat is a leading satellite operator and service provider in Africa

The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) has taken a new approach to delivery of satellite connectivity solutions by establishing an eco-system of Virtual Internet Service Providers (VISPs).

Run by the Federal Government of Nigeria, NigComSat is a leading satellite operator and service provider in Africa, providing connectivity solutions to key markets such as government, defense, maritime, enterprise and cellular back-haul.

The move is aimed at improving the coverage area and cost of satellite internet in Nigeria.

Accordingly, they will operate using the digital BSS (Business Support System) PortaBilling, provided by PortaOne, and deliver the service to key markets - such as government, defense, maritime, enterprise.

VISPs will then rent data channels from the NIGCOMSAT orbiting satellite and then rely on the PortaBilling self-care portal to manage their tariff plans and subscribers.

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PortaBilling will carry out all service monetization, that is: service activation, charging, invoicing and payment collection. So a VISP does not need to purchase or implement any infrastructure, and the only action required on the VISP side is to install the customer’s equipment.

Such low entry barrier enables nearly any local company such as system integrator, utility or even a supermarket chain to become an ISP.

With the deployment of PortaBilling, according to the CEO of NIGCOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale, it will address the common challenges that Internet Service Providers in Nigeria face at the moment.

“It will also aid profitability, market readiness and a need for technology, which evolves with the market because PortaOne offers a license, unlimited in terms of number of subscribers or resellers. This helps to maintain a low and predictable TCO (Total Cost of Ownership),” Alale noted.

She expressed her gratitude to PortaOne team agile development work done on the project to integrate with other elements of the solution such as online payment through REMITA

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Based in Canada, PortaOne is a leading software developer of agile service provisioning and billing systems for modern telecommunication companies - across the globe.

PortaOne's CEO, Andriy Zhylenk, said PortaBilling will make internet access in Nigeria more abundant and affordable by building a vast network of VISPs in the country.

According to him, PortaBilling would further enable prepaid Satellite Internet access across Nigeria by improving revenue collection and reduction of leakage for VISPs and NIGCOMSAT.

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