The Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) has given approval to Emerging Markets Communications, Incorporated (EMC) to provide satellite and terrestrial connectivity services directly to oil and gas companies in Nigeria.
According to a statement posted on the company’s website, EMC is the first to be certified to carry out such services in the country, which will enable global oil and gas customers to procure satellite and terrestrial connectivity services directly from it, and also enabling faster deployments, secure transactions, reliable and scalable service in Nigeria.
According to the President of EMC, Mr. Blake Mclane: “Nigeria continues to be a strategic market for EMC, as the country attracts the largest global oil and gas companies.”
He further said, “Our investments in Nigeria enable us to deploy, maintain and service VSAT and terrestrial networks for our customers faster than any other provider. The DPR license positions EMC as a direct provider to the customer, further expediting our ability to deploy satellite network services for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.”
EMC is a global satellite and terrestrial communications company specialising in delivering mission-critical, network services for the global energy industry, maritime, mobile network operators, carriers, governments, NGOs and worldwide enterprises with locations in the most remote and/or challenging areas of the world. The company operates in 150 countries.
EMC has already a VSAT license in Nigeria which allows the company to provide satellite connectivity services directly to customers in the country.
It used to be the case that international energy companies operating in Nigeria were forced to use small local providers with limited capacity and no added-value solutions however the DPR licence completes EMC’s end to end connectivity service in Nigeria which includes: licensing for customers, import/exporting equipment, 45-day deployment, spare parts, preventive and corrective maintenance.
EMC is financially backed by ABRY Partners; a firm specialized in funding the communications industry with $36 billion of completed transactions. EMC has strategically invested in the major oil and gas hubs in Africa, including Nigeria, South Sudan, Angola, Kenya, DRC, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Chad.
Information from Vanguard was used in this report.