World leading satellite operator, SES S.A., has announced a multi-year contract with Softwire Digital Solutions to embark on a campaign to implement and promote e-learning solutions in Nigeria.
According to a joint statement released by both firms, the Nigerian government picked Softwire Digital Solutions out of several others to implement a number of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects in the country.
The project is expected to bridge the digital and information gap that exists in the rural and urban areas of Nigeria and also provide more e-learning facilities to the underserved areas.
Softwire will be utilizing capacity on SES’s NSS-10 satellite for the deployment of this ICT project, under the financing of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), the statement added.
“We are proud to be associated with SES, as they have the expertise and the technical know-how to help us achieve our goals in Nigeria,”
Dalo Edetanlen, the CEO of Softwire Digital Solutions Limited said.
“Our partnership ensures that we will deliver quality service to our clients, particularly the USPF. We hope to leverage this relationship to expand our business and become one of the leading ISPs in the country,”
Commenting on the partnership, Senior Vice President, SES Commercial in Africa, Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, said the world is fast becoming a global village.
“Many governments and public institutions on the continent have already begun to develop broadband policies to address this digital inequality, but again are hindered by costs, infrastructure and inaccessible, non-urban populations,”
he said, highlighting the hindrances and difficulties faced in a bid to establish digital equality in the world.
He also pointed out the importance of satellites in the development of ICT in the world, saying “satellites have vast coverage and a reach that’s undaunted by mountain, desert, jungle or Savannah.
“Digital communications and broadband Internet are increasingly important to Nigeria and the continent’s social and economic development,”
“Our satellite broadband technology is able to deliver a wide range of services across Nigeria’s non-urban population, to help drive growth and knowledge transfer” he added.