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|Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by actiondrilling: 6:49am On Jan 12|
Telecommunications operators that are expected to deploy telecom infrastructure for the realization of government broadband penetration target of 30% by the end of this year have described the target as a mere wish.
They explained that the operating environment and policies of government in relation to deployment and protection of telecommunications infrastructure does not encourage investment.
Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), expressed concern over issues of interference by state government agencies and their consultants in shutting down base stations of operators as well as lack of strong will on the part of federal government in driving stakeholders to bring about stability in the industry.
“How can you achieve 30 percent broadband penetration when efforts that are supposed to be channel to network optimization are used in repairing shut down towers by state government agencies. As I’m talking with you now (on Wednesday) our men are in Jalingo, Taraba state discussing with the state government over a state law on multiple taxation that has led to base stations of our members being shut down.
“We are facing the same situation in Kogi, Ogun, Edo and Ebony states. The issue surrounds environmental Impact assessment (EIA) for the state, this same EIA has been done through National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) an agency of the federal government by our members, why is state demanding same and shutting down cell sites if not for revenue generation. These elements and impediments to network optimization are scaring away investors and make deployment of telecommunications infrastructure for broadband penetration difficult,” he noted.
Engr. Olusola Teniola, president, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said that the recessionary impact in 2017 led to uncertainty amongst their members and the industry at large, in particular the FOREX regime which was very unfavourable to operators.
“The mechanism in place to allow our members access to FOREX at the I&E rate was not well communicated by CBN and government disregarded our calls for a more enabling environment to prevail that would give our members encouragement and confidence that investments made will result in a viable Return-on-Investments (ROI) over a medium term period.
“If you dig into the numbers behind the 21 percent broadband penetration that NCC quotes, that was attained in Q4 2016, you will notice that it was on the back of 4G LTE and initial 4G LTE- deployments that were made in that year, however, there has been no further significant deployment and expansion of these ‘high speed internet networks’ alongside MNO(s) 3G networks. Our members, did not see and still do not see any viability in further bringing in hard earned money into an environment that appears hostile to them. Until Government seriously addresses the multiple taxation issue, multiple regulation and the harmonization of taxes and removal of exorbitant Right of Way charges applied to our members then there wasn’t and there still isn’t any logical or business reason for further investments to be made by them.”
“Just to emphasis the point, the INFRACO licenses were created to address the neutrality in accessibility, affordability and availability of undersea fiber into the hinterland that was the missing piece to ensure ubiquitous broadband infrastructure can be made available to the masses. What we witnessed and the records are there for all to see, is the numerous delays and slowing down of government to assist in the realization of the implementation – without government’s full buy-in there were mixed signals sent to the investment community as to exactly how this was going to be realized. So in Jan 2018 we are still yet to witness any rollout of any fiber by the two INFRACO operators that were licensed in 2015-16 and as yet the remaining five INFRACO licences are still pending – with less than 12 months to go, it’ll take a miracle to move the 21% to 30% by any measure,” he added.
|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by fwesharumi(m): 7:44am On Jan 12|
sai buhari 2019
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|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by Landforce1: 7:44am On Jan 12|
Just like this government's promises
|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by AishaBuhari: 7:44am On Jan 12|
Hmmm mmm mmm! They've started ponzi on top network broadband. That 30% reminds me of MMM
|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by Mcsenior(m): 7:44am On Jan 12|
|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by Mcsenior(m): 7:46am On Jan 12|
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Herdsmen crisis: FG defines cattle colony… Benue rejects idea
The federal government has defined the colony, being presented to be a panacea to herders, farmers clashes, as “areas carved out for different species of animal whether by nature or by human design that is found in a large community sharing the same terrain”.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made this clarification while receiving the governors of Kogi and Plateau states who were in his office to discuss how the cattle colony policy can be implemented in their domains.
He said, “We have big colonies in certain areas. If you go to the West Indies, crocodiles and alligators are bred in colonies where they harvest them for shoes and belts and ladies’ handbags. So, a colony is a much bigger thing than a ranch. They are basically about the same kind of thing.
“We are talking of colonies because 20, 30, or 40 ranchers can share the same colony. A ranch is usually owned by an individual or a company with sometimes very few. Some have more than 200 or 300 cows. In a cattle colony, you could find thirty thousand cows owned by different owners.
“The reason we are designing the colony is that we want to prepare on a large scale, on the economy of scale, a place where many owners of cattle can co-exist, be fed well because we can make their feeds. They can get good water to drink. Cows drink a lot of water. We can give them green fodder.
Read more: https://newsworth.ng/herdsmen-crisis-fg-defines-cattle-colony-benue-rejects-idea/
|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by SadiqBabaSani: 7:50am On Jan 12|
APC government is worse than mmm
|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by armadeo(m): 7:55am On Jan 12|
The only country where the government punishes you for trying to so business.
It's like they have sworn you will be poor and if you try to escape it they would push you into the realm of poverty.
Multiple taxation is the new taxation scheme
|Re: Operators Doubt 30% Broadband Penetration Target For This Year by fero07(m): 7:58am On Jan 12|
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