PPC (formerly Philips Projects Centre), one of the leading providers of integrated IT services in Nigeria, has selected Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) to boost C-band resources needed to meet increasing demand from the oil and gas industry. PPC has signed a contract with Eutelsat for 20 MHz of capacity on the powerful EUTELSAT 10A satellite whose C-band footprint provides premium coverage of the African continent.

Created in 1991 as Philips Projects Centre, an affiliate of Philips Electronics N.V. of the Netherlands, PPC was transformed in 2002 into a Nigerian limited liability technology company. Its core activities are geared towards delivering specialised integrated ICT services for the energy, financial, medical and other utility and business sectors via three wholly-owned teleports in Nigeria that host hubs serving VSAT terminals and deliver 24/7 customer support.

The capacity leased on EUTELSAT 10A will notably enable PPC to expand its business in the energy sector for which it has developed unique expertise in remote and harsh environments.

PPC’s General Manager of Operations, Patrick Ede, commented on the new contract: “The strong features of EUTELSAT 10A combined with our teleport facilities equip us to meet stringent and growing requirements for highly secured communication. Our strategy is to leverage the strength of EUTELSAT 10A to meet unique customer requirements especially in the oil and gas industry and other sectors of the economy. With EUTELSAT 10A added to our portfolio of satellite resources, we are strengthening our Pan-African coverage and service provision.

Rodney Benn, Eutelsat VP for Africa added: “This new contract demonstrates the strong dynamics for VSAT services in Africa which should remain one of the highest in the world over the next 10 years. Satellites have well proven their ability to serve the considerable market of the interior of the continent and complement fibre, which is only viable in highly populated cities and microwave networks, which are restricted to urban areas. We are delighted to initiate this new relationship with PPC which over the last two decades has forged a reputation as an industry reference for complex network solutions serving clients operating in remote terrain and needing the highest quality of service.”