The President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola has said that the reduction of Right of Ways (RoW) by some Governors of the states would increase the deployment of optic fibre infrastructure, an improvement in the quality of service rendered, and eventually improved employment as different services will be deployed on the back of the laid infrastructures.
He made this known in an interview with Business Remarks Correspondent recently, while applauded the Governors because this will encourages more investment into those states and country at large, he added that Governors have understood and realised that the only way to bring in digital infrastructure like optic fibre, which is the backbone to digital economy, is to make the level of taxes and levies applied upfront to be removed.
He said this mean that members who have been seeking to rollout fibre cables in different states have no reason not to do so now. “It’s because the Governors have shown and proven proactive leadership in ensuring that RoW is placed at N145 per linear meters and in one case where the actual levies have been removed.
“What Nigerian consumers should expect in those states is an increase in the deployment of optic fibre infrastructure, an improvement in the quality of service rendered, and eventually, this has always been the case, improved employment as different services will be deployed on the back of the laid infrastructures”, he said.
He added that this will cut across health, agriculture, and e-commerce. “It is important to note that this will happen over a period of one to two years. Immediately we have the rollout of fibres, improved quality of service should be noticed within the first three months, other things follow as we deploy the infrastructures.He pleaded with Nigerians that the destruction of optic fibre cables are unwarranted,
especially the fiber cuts witnessed over the time fibres being deployed in different areas. “Recently, one of our association (ATCON) members suffered multiple fibre cuts last week and it impacted services rendered to its subscriber base.
“We have to note that when any optic fibre is destroyed, any calls or services from any network will also be affected. It has a ripple effect. What we need to ensure and communicate to our readers is that infrastructure laid, especially the deployment of optic fibre, is critical to the development of our country”, he said.