Nigeria's Telecoms Sector Requires An Enabling Environment - Experts

Experts have urged the Nigerian government to see telecommunications companies as partners rather than an exploitative industry.

This was part of the discussions on the first day of the Nigeria Com - a two-day summit which took place in Lagos, Nigeria last week.

During a panel discussion session with the topic "Overcoming power, accessibility and infrastructure challenges," telco experts discussed the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards attending to the public power problems.

Gbenga Adetayo, the acting Chairman of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), declared that Energy is one major problem for the industry, and if not solved, it would remain a threat to the industry and Nigeria's economy.

Adetayo lamented on how some government departments see telecoms as merely an extractive industry where they can just take taxes and fines.

Adedoyin Adeola, the Vice President of Network Operations at Airtel Nigeria, emphasised on the significance of power supply in the telecoms industry, saying that telcos consume approximately 40 million litres of fuel every month to run operations.

He said that in order for the economy to grow, the government would need to find a solution to Nigeria's serious power problems.

Wole Abu, the CEO of Pan African Towers (PAT), expressed his dissatisfaction with the high-cost cost of running telecoms companies in Nigeria. He said that power-related resources cost more than 50% of the company's capital expenditure (CAPEX).


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