Nigeria: INEC to bring satellite telecom services to remote areas for 2019 general elections

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announces the deployment of satellite telecom services in remote areas of the country. The operation will be conducted in collaboration with the Nigerian Satellite Communications (NIGCOMSAT), aims to improve its management of the general elections of 2019.

According to the president of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, who was speaking on February 8, 2018 in Abuja, during a meeting with telecom operators, despite “the immense reach of telecommunications operators, we are aware that some of our survey units are located in places where 3G and 4G networks are not available for the electronic transmission of results in real time (…) we wish to take advantage of NIGCOMSAT’s ability to provide a wide range telecommunications services “.

“The company’s broadband service offers a huge capacity of flexible bandwidth that can be deployed almost anywhere and for a short time, even in hard-to-reach and temporary locations (…) These services are invaluable for our work on voter education, advocacy and mobilization for the elections ,  said Mahmood Yakubu.

Source: Agence Ecofin