- Feb. 18, 2018
-- eSchools Africa Initiative, a schools connectivity scheme ran in Nigeria by eSchools Africa Nig. Ltd in partnership with her technical partners Yahsat and in conjunction with the Plateau State Government is organising a 5 days intensive training program for VSAT field engineers in Jos Plateau State as part of activities to flag off its schools connectivity scheme in the State having signed an MOU to deploy robust connectivity solutions across all public schools in the state over a period of 5 years penultimate 16 January 2018. eSchools Africa has since commenced installations across all the 40 schools, provisioning them each with 4U data cabinets, APC surge protectors and Wi-Fi enabled routers for the ICT centres in each of the school in the first phase of deployment. The first phase of deployments which also includes KA Band VSAT internet connectivity, solar power capabilities and a schools management ERP software to enable schools accountability to be monitored effectively from the ministry of education and also enhance e-learning.
A team of three persons from Yahsat headquarters situated in Abu Dhabi the UAE, will be in the country from the 25th
of February to the 3rd
of March to train and certify VSAT field engineers who will be engaged by eSchools Africa from time to time as field support staff for maintenance of the VSAT links in the 40 schools which have being selected in the pilot scheme.
In a statement by the Project Director for eSchools Africa Mr. Michael Aor Anderson Uyeh states that, eSchools Africa in a bid to make the scheme fully self-reliant and localised to Plateau State in terms of service support response times, is also setting up a local support/network operations centre in Jos to run and support the VSAT links on the Yahsat enabled smart internet solutions platform. This facility is the first of its kind being set up in the country and indeed Africa to cater as a support centre for internet service delivery for only schools.
The Project Director also stated that eSchools Africa is also interested in empowering Plateau state youths with IT skills in a bid to enhance Gov. Lalong's bid to turn the state into a tech hub for the west African sub-region, hence the reason they are partnering with the State Government to train the youths across the state as field support engineers.
Al Yah Satellite Communications, Al Yahsatis a satellite communications company wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi Government's strategic investment company. The company offers voice, data, video and internet services for broadcast, Internet and VSAT users for both private and government organisations.