ALTON blames bombing and flooding for drop in installed capacity of network infrastructure in the industry 2012.
The Chairman of the Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, has said incidents of bombing and flooding contributed to the drop in the installed capacity of network infrastructure in the industry in 2012.
Mr. Adebayo spoke in Lagos on Thursday, against the backdrop of the November 2012 statistics on subscribers’ data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Tuesday.
The data indicated that installed capacity decreased by 7.4 million in November 2012, with the figure standing at 211.7 million, down from 219.1 million in October 2012.
Mr. Adebayo said that vandalism and closure of base stations by some government agencies, had contributed to the decline. He said operators also contended with the challenge of Right of Way, getting approval to build new sites and gaining access to some infrastructure.
The ALTON chairman, however, said that despite the challenges, telecom operators were still investing in the industry.
“We will continue to deploy more infrastructure to support the existing services, to add value to existing networks and for the benefit of good quality services,” Mr. Adebayo said.
He called for high level intervention from the authorities in order to tackle the challenges that are beyond the operators.
The installed capacity refers to the infrastructure that a network put in place to accommodate a certain number of telephone lines, without having congestion or poor network quality over a particular period of time.
A breakdown of the latest statistics indicated that GSM networks had an installed capacity of 182 million in November 2012, down from 189.4 million in October. It also showed that Code Division Multiple Access networks maintained an installed capacity of 18.4 million in November 2012- just what it was a month earlier.
The fixed networks also had 11.2 million subscribers in both October and November 2012.
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