Viasat has received approval as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Nigeria, the company announced on Tuesday. The satellite operator is now licensed to operate as an ISP with a VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) license and three ESIM (Earth Stations in Motion) licenses. These licenses from the Nigerian Communication Commission are designed to operate within the 28 GHz Ka-band satellite frequency band.
This move is related to Viasat’s efforts to expand its global portfolio ahead of the launch of the ViaSat-3 satellite in 2022, which will cover Africa, Europe and the Middle East. The operator recently completed the purchase of EutelsatShare of Euro broadband infrastructure (EBI), which will diversify its business in Europe.
With this approval, Viasat launched an internet test in five Nigerian communities to connect approximately 15,000 people.
“We are proud to work with the NCC and the Department of Communications and Digital Economy to help the Nigerian government meet its broadband goals for improving the quality of life for its citizens,” commented Rick Baldridge, President and CEO of Viasat. “We believe our proven satellite Internet solution will bring low-cost Internet services to Nigerian cities where large gaps exist between the demand and the affordability and availability of Internet services.”