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NCC advocates for infrastructure sharing

27 November 2013, 10:41

Lagos - The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has called on operators in the sector to share infrastructure to achieve set goals of the national broadband policy.

Speaking at the second Annual Consultative Forum on Engineering and Emerging Technologies in Lagos, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Dr Eugene Juwah, said active infrastructure sharing was one of the reasons international telecoms markets were advanced.

Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Engagement at NCC, Okechukwu Itanyi, presented on behalf of Juwah.

He said access to, and availability of spectrum resources was also a prerequisite to achieving broadband provision.

According to him, current development in the Nigerian telecoms industry had created a few vertically integrated players who have built infrastructures that were being leveraged on to compete in the provision of broadband services.

Juwah noted that the infrastructure and resources were usually only available to new players at a premium as their replication and acquisition are capital intensive and had long delivery time.

The trend, he said, had resulted in unfavourable pricing of services like widespread broadband access.

Juwah said regulatory intervention in the market was to ensure open and non-discriminatory access by all players to reduce barriers and other challenges.

This, he said, informed the open access model which had given birth to telecoms infrastructure company InfraCo.

– CAJ News

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