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About Bandwidth Consortium

Secretariat

The Bandwidth Consortium Secretariat is hosted by the Nigeria ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions in Abuja.

Technical and business operations are managed by an Operations Manager with Accounting and Administrative support provided by staff of the Nigeria ICT Forum Secretariat. The Consortium also employs an automated network monitoring and alerting system which complements those of the network operators for more efficient member services.

Foundation Partners

The Bandwidth Consortium (BWC) is a flagship project of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA). Four of the seven major US foundations that constitute the Partnership provided initial financial support for the BWC project. These are:

The following two members of the Partnership provided additional financial support to the host-institution of the BWC project:

Key strategic partners for this project include the Association of African Universities and the UbuntuNet Alliance. The Network Start-up Resource Centre and others provide invaluable technical assistance for the BWC project. Various individuals, agencies, organizations and Firms (such as Datasphir, SKANNET, Tinitop Technologies, among others) also assisted the project in various capacities.

Several of the BWC member institutions are also PHEA partners, and the African Network Operators Group was commissioned by the Partnership to provide technical training for them. KPMG also provided business advisory support for the BWC project during a transitional phase.

Through the years, Intelsat has proved to be a valuable partner of the Consortium in provision of satellite services and in recent times alliances are also being formed with terrestrial telecommunications operators like MTN Nigeria and Glo-1 for the provision of high speed access via optic-fibre and microwave links at reduced prices.

Network Infrastructure Partners

The Bandwidth Consortium has services on

  • C-band Satellite across West and Central Africa provided by Intelsat
  • Terrestrial Optic-Fibre across Nigeria provided by MTN
  • Terrestrial Optic-Fibre across Nigeria provided by Glo-1