Stories: Anthony Awunor
In an effort to ensure maximum availability and integrity of network provision in line with ICAO standards, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) recently hosted the Inception Meeting of the Africa Indian Ocean Region Satellite Network (AFISNET) Evaluation and Re-engineering Audit at Ibis Hotel, Lagos.
The meeting which provided a platform for all stakeholders in the AFISNET group to interact and exchange ideas on network performance and improvement also sought to appraise available network infrastructure, identify gaps and make recommendations in line with modern trends.
NAMA as an ANSP enjoys the satellite platform of AFISNET for the provision of Air Traffic Services (voice coordination with adjacent FIRs), AFTN and Extended Range VHF coverage.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services, Engr. Emma Anasi who represented the Managing Director, Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, harped on the need for the network to be critically ex-rayed to explore new frontiers in satellite communication schemes in order to harness the advantage of greater efficiency and cost effectiveness by adopting new technical solutions for improvement of network.
The AFISNET group comprising NAMA (Nigeria), GCAA (Ghana) ASECNA (Francophone countries) and Roberts FIR (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia etc) was established for the purpose of sharing common satellite infrastructure to ensure seamless ATC operations within the West African sub-region.