Mr. Steven Evans, managing director and chief executive officer, Etisalat Nigeria, stated that though telecom companies compete among themselves in the delivering of quality service, there is need for infrastructure sharing in order to take service to the hinterland of the country.
Evans advocated for co-operation among operators in this initiative as a way of advancing further in the delivery of quality service. Telecom companies in 2010 saved operational cost of about N129.5 billion from sharing about 3,500 cell sites. Reduction in the cost of operation through infrastructure sharing has been responsible for the recent growth in network coverage and quality of service recorded in the past two years.
Dr. Eugene Juwah, executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), called on telecom operators to take seriously the issue of infrastructure sharing, as it is practiced in other advanced countries and that the commission would ensure there is co-operation among telcos in that regard. “We have deliberated on key issues affecting telecom companies and we are working towards the successful implementation of co-location and infrastructure sharing among operators,” Juwah noted.
On the other hand, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck, corporate service executive, MTN Nigeria, disclosed that MTN would soon embark on sharing 1,000 cell sites with other operators for efficiency and delivery of quality service in the country. This, he said, would lead to the growth of rural telephony which has suffered a serious set-back.
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