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Satellite & Fibre Communications - a Solution for Africa


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The inadequate communications infrastructure within African countries is being addressed by the 2nd Nigerian Communication satellite. When combined with last-mile radio comms infrastructure, affordable internet services can be delivered to every African.

Date and Time

03 June 2014 - 19:30-21:30


Crawley, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Sussex local network.

About this event

The African continent has developed adequate capacity on submarine fibre optic cables along the shores of the African coastline, however, it lacks an adequate communications infrastructure within African countries including cross-border connectivity. This is being addressed by the second Nigerian Communication satellite, which was launched in December 2011, it has quad-band high power communications, its geostationary orbit is positioned at 42.5oE and has an expected service life of more than 15 years. When combined with easily installed last-mile radio communications infrastructure, affordable internet services can be delivered to every African, greatly increasing economic and educational opportunities.


6.45pm - doors open for refreshments and networking
7.30pm - start of lecture
8.30pm - estimated finish and Q&As
9.00pm - event closes

Additional information

This talk is presented by Prof. Chris Chatwin, University of Sussex.
The event is organised by IET Sussex, is free to attend and is open to both IET members and non-IET members.

Registration information

Those wishing to attend must please pre-register via the IET’s website - see link below.


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