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China is helping Nigeria with space plans and ICT training

Nigeria has so far put six satellites into operation. In 2003 the first satellite was built and launched into space with the help of an international consortium. The first communications satellite (NigComSat 1) followed in 2007. The China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) was awarded the contract for the construction, which cost 300 million US dollars (US $). After a short time, however, the satellite failed, had to be taken out of service and replaced. The development of the two subsequent communications satellites (NigComSat 2 and NigComSat 3) were financed with a loan of over US $ 550 million from the Chinese Exim Bank. The satellites are being constructed by Nigerian NigComSat Limited and CGWIC.

Competition for Nigeria's space market

The plans for Nigerian space travel are ambitious. Nigeria would like to send its first astronaut into space in 2030 and set up a rocket launch site. Nothing is yet known about such training programs for astronauts, even if the Nigerian space agency National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is in an exchange with Chinese partners. However, the Center for Space Transport And Propulsion (CSTP), the technical arm of NASRDA, is said to have already carried out the first experimental rocket launches.

In the competition for Nigeria's growing space market, India has now also stepped in. In 2020 India and Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding on future cooperation in the exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes. The agreement provides for cooperation in the areas of space research, planetary exploration, ground stations and the development of micro and mini satellites.

Huawei trains specialists

China has so far invested an estimated US $ 16 billion in Nigeria's ICT sector. Huawei in particular is well represented and dominates the cellular market for equipment and infrastructure.

Large investments are flowing into the training sector. The Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA) was founded a few years ago and works with more than 70 universities in Nigeria. There is free training in internationally relevant ICT skills such as networks, cloud computing and big data. So far, around 10,000 Nigerian students have taken part in such courses.

In addition, Huawei regularly donates equipment such as routers and switches to universities for educational purposes. The company founded a so-called OpenLab at the University of Lagos in 2016. The joint competence center of the university and partners is intended to promote research and development-oriented ICT innovations. Lagos University and Huawei aim to drive research and innovation in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data. These should then serve, among other things, for the development of safe and intelligent cities. Huawei is said to have founded more than ten such OpenLabs worldwide.

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