Air­tel harps on in­fra­struc­ture shar­ing among tel­cos

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - From Ke­hinde Olu­fowobi, La­gos

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Air­tel Nige­ria, Mr Se­gun Ogun­sanya has ap­pealed to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to for­mu­late reg­u­la­tions that will al­low telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies to share spec­trum and ac­tive in­fra­struc­ture.

He said the de­vel­op­ment would min­imise du­pli­ca­tion, re­duce pro­lif­er­a­tion of in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties, pro­mote fair com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of equal ac­cess to spec­trum and in­fra­struc­ture, and min­imise CAPEX that would or­di­nar­ily be re­quired to ac­quire fa­cil­i­ties.

"When funds are con­served, the op­er­a­tors are able to in­vest in core net­work equip­ment that im­proves the qual­ity of ser­vice for sub­scribers in the coun­try who, in turn, can make use of the im­proved ser­vice to grow their busi­nesses and come up with dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies that can con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to rais­ing Nige­ria's GDP," Ogun­sanya noted.

The Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Net­work In­ter­con­nec­tion Reg­u­la­tions guide­line was in­tro­duced by the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) to help reg­u­late col­lo­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture shar­ing. But, it is not yet a law.

Ac­cord­ing to the guide­line, the NCC encourages op­er­a­tors to share rights of way, masts, poles, an­tenna mast and tower struc­tures, ducts, trenches, space in build­ings and elec­tric power.

The reg­u­la­tor said in­fra­struc­ture such as com­plete net­work struc­tures, switch­ing cen­ters, ra­dio net­work con­trollers and base sta­tions can­not be shared.

The guide­line also stated the terms and con­di­tions for in­fra­struc­ture shar­ing in the tele­coms sec­tor.

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