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Why telecom infrastructures are concentrated in Lagos, Portharcourt, Abuja – Operators  

Telecom operators in Nigeria have blamed the concentration of infrastructures in major cities on the challenges of vandalism, insecurity, and high right-of-way charges across the country.

The Operators stated this on Wednesday during the West Africa Telecoms Infrastructure Summit and Exhibition (WATISE) organized by Technology Mirror in Lagos.

According to them, with the multiple challenges, returns on investments in infrastructure could only be achieved in cities where there is relative stability and a ready market.

They added that this explains why in several parts of the country outside the three major cities, many Nigerians are still on 2G networks.

Noting that the Right of Way charges are also high in the major cities, especially, Lagos, they are able to sustain infrastructure deployment with higher returns from the state.

Highlighting some of the challenges that have prompted operators to slow down their expansion into rural areas, the Chief Executive Officer of Coloplus, a tower infrastructure company, Mr. Mike Ofili, said:

Ofili, however, noted that to deploy infrastructure in some communities that are considered important, the operators have to negotiate with the people and align with them.

Also speaking at the Summit, the Chairman/Managing Director of RS Engineering Global Ltd., Engr. Spencer Itive, said the government has been paying lip service with the declaration of telecom infrastructure as critical national infrastructure to ensure its protection.

According to him, this lack of commitment from the government has led to a consistent attack on telecom infrastructure across the country.

Speaking to the theme of the Summit, “The Future of Infrastructure Connectivity and Services: A New Interdependent of Ecosystem of Partners”,  Itive said all stakeholders in the telecom sector have to recognize that no single entity can meet the multifaceted demands of the digital age in isolation.