Vandalism reason for intermittent interruption – Telecom operators

Telecom operators on Saturday April 7 blamed intermittent interruptions on the network on vandalism of base stations, destruction of


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Vandalism reason for intermittent interruption – Telecom operators

Telecom operators on Saturday April 7 blamed intermittent interruptions on the network on vandalism of base stations, destruction of optic fibre, high forex and shutting of base stations by government agencies.

The President of Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON Mr. Olusola Teniola, made the attribution in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.

“There is a situation in the industry whereby the equipment to bring into the country to increase capacity is either delayed by the government or at the port, we are not given the right payment in time. Secondly, forex is high but the equipment price has not reduced, making it very difficult to sustain investment in increasing our network coverage and capacity. Vandalism, theft and sabotage of our base stations’ equipment and base stations being shut down by different agencies demanding one tax after another do not help operators. We have incidents of optic fibre destruction, which impacts on traffic to be carried to and from one location or city to another. There is a need for security operatives to ensure that telecommunications equipment which is a critical national infrastructure is protected,” he averred.

He urged the Federal Government to ease the burden on service providers by expediting action on the issuance of relevant right of way permits for operators.

According to Teniola, “during the festive period it seems that intermittent interruption is more because most of the calls are originating from Lagos to people that are living in the villages and the network capacity is not strong. There has not been any form of investment in equipment that will cater for additional traffic on the network since the past 10 years and this is not good for the industry. We need government to encourage us to bring in the needed equipment by investing in them and making forex available for operators,” he added.

 


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