Sub­stan­dard equip­ment blamed for poor tele­coms ser­vices

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

Sub­stan­dard equip­ment has been iden­ti­fied as one the fac­tors re­spon­si­ble for the poor qual­ity of ser­vices (QoS) ren­dered by tele­coms oper­a­tors in Nigeria

The Pres­i­dent, As­so­ci­a­tion of Tele­coms Com­pa­nies of Nigeria (AT­CON), Lanre Ajayi dis­closed this in La­gos last week.

Ac­cord­ing to him, pro­lif­er­a­tion of sub­stan­dard equip­ment by the oper­a­tors as a way of cut­ting cost and profit max­imi­sa­tion has­wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion.

Ajayi who de­scribed the out­sourc­ing and man­aged ser­vices as a wel­com­ing de­vel­op­ment in the na­tion’s tele­coms sec­tor as it fo­cused on mak­ing the oper­a­tors to con­cen­trate on their ar­eas of core com­pe­ten­cies said out­sourc­ing would im­prove tele­coms ser­vices.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that some of the ser­vice providers were pa­tro­n­is­ing equip­ment ven­dors that of­fered cheaper prices, as against those with more ex­pen­sive but qual­i­ta­tive equip­ment.

He at­trib­uted this to dwin­dling rev­enue streams and di­min­ish­ing cap­i­tal out­lay in the in­dus­try.

The pa­tron­age of cheaper equip­ment ven­dors, he said, had huge im­pli­ca­tions on the over­all en­gi­neer­ing cost, which was a sig­nif­i­cant cost for the tele­coms oper­a­tors.

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