Nigeria’s Unity Bank has partnered with communications provider Skyvision Global Networks to support the bank’s local area network (LAN)
Skyvision will provide its satellite-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services via its Nigerian hub to complement Unity Bank’s online functions, said the company in a statement. This would help connect the bank’s headquarters in Lagos to branch offices across Nigeria.
The VPN solution connects Unity Bank’s core applications, including peripheral applications, to its headquarters, enabling continuous, seamless business operations in its rural area branches. Fully deployed and managed by SkyVision Global Networks, the VPN will enable Unity Bank to connect their LAN sites with no investment in additional infrastructure.
Zubairu Atiku, head of IT at Unity Bank, said, “As one of the nation’s leading banks and a contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, we needed a viable communications solution we could depend on. After careful consideration, we chose SkyVision due to their outstanding market reputation, specifically in the finance industry and their ability to deliver exactly what we needed. This included installing and managing a highly-reliable system, coupled with dedicated customer service and technical support.”
The telecom company has established a range of local hubs and PoPs for corporates. Specifically, it has considerable experience with the African banking industry by having provided network solutions, especially in rural areas. Skyvision Global Networks has worked with institutions like UnaCoopec and Bank of Africa, stated company officials.
Dror Limor, vice president of sales and marketing at Skyvision, said, “Partnering with Unity Bank is part of our continued commitment to the African financial market and to Nigeria in particular, where we have a strong and active local presence. SkyVision plans to further expand its finance and micro-finance penetration within Nigeria and across Africa.”