Satellite and wireless broadband equipment supplier Netcom Africa has signed a multi-year deal with SES World Skies to expand the delivery of its telecoms and television services throughout Nigeria and West Africa. Under the agreement, Netcom will be able to enhance its existing capacity using multi-transponders on Ku band, and meet increasing demand for its telecoms services from consumers. ‘We have depended on the reliability and reach of SES World Skies for years to interconnect our global teleports in Nigeria, London and the US and offer our diverse customer base the best worldwide network access possible,’ said Yen Choi, vice-president and chief technology officer for Netcom. The firm is utilising a layer of satellite capacity from SES World Skies to provide services such as dedicated broadband for schools, and high speed IP backbone connections for mobile phone companies. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Netcom Africa launched VSAT high speed internet services in Nigeria in July 2005, using the IPWireless-based Axity3G non-line-of-site (NLOS) broadband wireless access.