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Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Islie: 1:58pm On Apr 24
A recent analysis has revealed that telecom operators lost a significant amount of money in 2023 as a result of spending N27 billion to repair broken cables.

Documents obtained by Bloomberg revealed that the majority of the expenditures were borne by MTN Nigeria, the largest cellular provider in the most populous country in Africa, and Airtel Africa Plc.

For instance, the document revealed that MTN suffered more than 6,000 cuts on its fiber cable last year. On Feb. 28, a cut in its network in three different locations by a road construction firm, an oil serving company, and someone burning rubbish in a manhole meant customers faced more than five hours of data and voice outages.

The operator relocated 2,500 kilometres (1,553 miles) of vulnerable fibre cables between 2022 and 2023, at a cost of more than N11 billion —enough to build 870 kilometres of new fibre lines in areas without coverage.

Data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) also revealed that the telecom industry spent N14 billion to repair around 59,000 fibre cuts between 2022 and 2023. In 2022, the NCC pegged the number of fibre cuts to 40 daily.

The NCC estimated that over 50,000 cases of significant damage to telecoms infrastructure, including fibre cuts, have been reported in the past five years, ending 2023.

The foundation of today’s communication infrastructure is made up of broadband fiber optic cables, which allow for the high-speed data transfer necessary for a variety of societal, commercial, and personal endeavours, the chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, told LEADERSHIP, adding that telecommunications serves as an ‘enabler’ for all other critical infrastructure and infrastructure sectors vital to national productivity and security.

To function optimally, ALTON chairman said telecommunications infrastructure relies on a complex and interconnected support ecosystem consisting of fibre, satellites, towers, base stations, switches, data centres, etc., which need to function uninterrupted for delivery of optimal Quality of Service (QoS).

He regretted that there have been incidences of adverse cross-sectoral impact on QoS arising from damage to such infrastructure due to excavation during civil works such as road construction, deliberate/negligent vandalization and sabotage as well as theft of cable, equipment, and supplies such as diesel, generators and batteries, undue delay in issuance of site approvals for new towers/base stations as well as harassment of staff /site access denial by state/local agencies to enforce levy payments.

ALTON chairman however called for collaborative partnership with key stakeholders to secure executive and legislative action on the declaration of telecoms infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and criminalisation of malicious site sealing, access denials, and willful/negligent destruction of telecommunications infrastructure.

“This can be done either by an executive order or relevant amendment of the Cybercrimes Act; an attempt was made by the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA) to secure Presidential approval for an Executive Order (EO). The executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, is respectfully requested to liaise with the current NSA to bring to fruition the EO on CNI,” he appealed.

“The NCC boss should also rekindle the quest for Critical National Infrastructure Bill, a bill that will tackle the issue of vandalism of base stations, which is very rampant,” president, National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, advocated.

In his reaction, Maida, averred that the Commission has done a lot of stakeholders’ engagement, gathering data and looking at the impact in terms of cost when it comes to damages done to fibre infrastructure and how much of service disruption it is creating for the sector.

However, with broadband penetration at 43.08 per cent as of February 2024, securing existing infrastructure is crucial for growth, Maida averred, adding that, “We need to build a reliable telecom industry with impressive quality of service indicators with quality of experience as our watchword and ultimate goal. This also requires us to address several issues such as the Right of Way challenge, ensuring the security of our telecom infrastructure, among others.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s works ministry is finalising a regulation that will criminalise fibre damage, Bloomberg averred, stating that the regulation will enforce stiffer penalties on offenders and focus on underground network cables, as several laws already criminalise vandalism.

https://leadership.ng/telcos-incur-n27bn-on-undersea-cables-repairs-report/

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by inoki247: 2:41pm On Apr 24
Lol wetin be our business make dem pay am from dere gain...


Abi u go get business if things spoil u no go fix am ...

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by MorataFC: 2:41pm On Apr 24
So?
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by eliyke(m): 2:42pm On Apr 24
sad na we dey suffer am,Airtel data draining dis days worst

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Elidrisy20: 2:42pm On Apr 24
Very good
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by invigilator(m): 2:42pm On Apr 24
thieving gypsies

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Yugoslavia247(m): 2:42pm On Apr 24
Telcos no dey ever claim profit.
But Dem dey make money
Format

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by atobs4real(m): 2:43pm On Apr 24
Repercussion at work after reaping the masses of there hard earned money

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by RevenuesBoost(f): 2:43pm On Apr 24
Hmmmm
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Goldsplash(m): 2:43pm On Apr 24
Is that why Airtel has been secretly deducting my airtime even without buying data, subscribing to any service or making a call?

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by christejames(m): 2:44pm On Apr 24
That's why they dey give us all these unnecessary billings shocked shocked shocked







Consumers right is never protected in Nigeria 🇳🇬, why would the consumers pay for your company's excess overhead cost and repairs?

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Kemadealadire(f): 2:45pm On Apr 24
Customers will pay.
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by oluwaseyi0: 2:45pm On Apr 24
wawu

in the next 100 years, I believe we will have a technology that doesn't not completely rely on physical cables

by then our grandkids will be wondering how we survived by running cables across the world spanning hundreds of kilometers

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by GlorifiedTunde(m): 2:45pm On Apr 24
See misleading topic with disjointed analysis.

Saying 27 Billion Naira was spent to repair undersea cable and then going ahead to show analysis of all cable cuts including inland cables undecided

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Pootle: 2:46pm On Apr 24
na we spoil am
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by jkpbestseries: 2:46pm On Apr 24
Na consumers the pay nor, small time data don finish, person don go buy na so them the take collect back the moni
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Bfly: 2:46pm On Apr 24
E still dey ontop the people
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by ourcrudeoil: 2:47pm On Apr 24
I know say na we go still pay am we d mtn subscribers
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by oz4real83(m): 2:49pm On Apr 24
Also post how much they made within that period cool cool

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by Kaido: 2:49pm On Apr 24
They shall recover it soon.
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by alphaNomega: 2:55pm On Apr 24
Well, more employment for undersea cable engineers cheesy

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by yuiwe2803: 2:55pm On Apr 24
yeah saw this on Myfun Entertainment earlier today
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by jiz: 2:56pm On Apr 24
On top poor data service
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by abdsamad(m): 3:18pm On Apr 24
oluwaseyi0:
wawu

in the next 100 years, I believe we will have a technology that doesn't not completely rely on physical cables

by then our grandkids will be wondering how we survived by running cables across the world spanning hundreds of kilometers

Isn't that what starlink is today?
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by OALandAgents: 3:31pm On Apr 24
Meanwhile their profit is N50Trillion angry

All this ocean cable excuse is BS, there is no sense i even laying the cables in the Ocean, so they cannot lay the cable on land again? I am sure it is all a conspiracy to deny Africa internet so they can blame it on "ocean cable break".

In most countries especially developed countries airtime and data are so cheap, you can consider them free. For $9 per month some companies can give unlimited data, airtime and texts.

Don't believe anything said by these thieving foreign telcos that have formed a cartel to fleece us in Nigeria with connivance of Nigeria's govts.

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by STEWpid(f): 3:37pm On Apr 24
Chai..







...at least, the stakeholders go see money chop. Who tell you say no be them cause havoc at the beginning.



Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by brownbib(m): 3:48pm On Apr 24
Educative piece
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by henrycloud: 3:49pm On Apr 24
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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by fitinwell: 4:11pm On Apr 24
Sebi na combine contribution.. sebi una get the money.,.

No bi only MTN get d gbese na..

So make oga lucky cam down..
Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by AcadaWriter: 4:12pm On Apr 24
Also post how much they made within that period

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Re: Telcos Incur N27bn On Undersea Cables Repairs by tiswell(m): 4:36pm On Apr 24
They should take care of it,or are they ripping the telecom subscribers for nothing?

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