NAMA Hosts 28th AFI Satellite Network Management Committee Meeting

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has welcomed partners,guests and aviation stakeholders from across Africa and beyond for a landmark event – the 28th meeting of the AFI Satellite Network Management Committee (SNMC/28). This gathering represents a significant milestone in the journey towards enhancing aviation communication and safety in the region.

Delegates assembled at the venue, eager to contribute to discussions that would shape the future of satellite network integration in Africa. The air was charged with anticipation as participants from various countries and organizations converged to exchange ideas, share insights, and forge partnerships.

The meeting kicked off with an inspiring address by Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development,Festus Keyamo who was represented by his special adviser on strategy, Mr Niyi Fatogun, emphasized the pivotal role of satellite networks in driving economic growth and fostering global competitiveness in the aviation sector. His words set the stage for fruitful deliberations and collaborative efforts aimed at advancing aviation infrastructure and technology across the continent.

Central to the agenda is the objective of integrating the AFI Satellite Network with other telecommunication networks, with a focus on enhancing operational efficiency and promoting seamless communication among member states. Participants engaged in lively discussions, exploring innovative strategies and solutions to overcome challenges and maximize the potential of satellite technology in aviation.

Throughout the proceedings, Engr. A.U. Farouk, The,Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Airspace Managment Agency appreciated the efforts of SNMC he says in his opening speech ‘ proactive efforts of the SNMC have directly contributed to the seamless transfer of air traffic within the AFI (Africa-Indian Ocean) Flight Information Regions (FIRs). By leveraging modern satellite communication solutions, the SNMC has played a pivotal role in optimizing air navigation procedures and enhancing overall safety standards. Since its inception, the Satellite Network Management Committee (SNMC) has consistently prioritized the development and implementation of cutting-edge aeronautical satellite communication technologies, enhanced inter-regional integration and interoperability’.

The main objective of the Satellite Network Management Committee (SNMC) is to ensure the complete implementation, development and evolution of AFISNET and to also liaison and planning telecommunication service providers. Engr Farouk Ahmed Umar also played a pivotal role, providing leadership and guidance to ensure the success of the meeting. His unwavering commitment to advancing the aviation industry through collaboration and innovation served as a source of inspiration for all attendees.

The meeting is a 5 day events which elapses on friday and has set the tone for the groundwork for a more interconnected and resilient satellite network ecosystem, poised to empower the African aviation industry to soar to new heights of safety, efficiency, and excellence.

In attendance at the SNMC were Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Roberts FIR, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICA0) as well as representatives of satellite spectrum providers, Satcom facility providers and national frequency regulators who have travelled from various parts of the world to participate in this meeting.

With NAMA at the forefront of efforts to enhance aviation infrastructure and technology in Africa, the future looks brighter than ever for the continent’s skies.

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