MTN urges infrastructure protection

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
MTN urges infrastructure protection

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

MTN wants status of critical national infrastructure conferred on ICT infrastructure.

Amid sporadic attacks on telecoms infrastructure by Nigeria's notorious blood-letting Islamic movement, Boko Haram, MTN Nigeria has called on the federal government once again to classify telecoms infrastructure into the category of critical national infrastructure like that of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and others.

Even in as the sustained damage remains, the firm has restated its commitment to providing its customers with good quality of service.

Speaking on the issue, Akinwale Goodluck, MTN’s Corporate Service Executive announced that in the last few weeks, MTN and other major telecommunication companies had suffered deliberate damage to infrastructure in parts of Northern Nigeria.

He stated that MTN had also experienced multiple cuts to its fibre cable in the same region, which has impacted service in the Eastern part of the country.

He drew attention to the fact that current security concerns have prevented not only repair work to damaged equipment, but routine maintenance, causing disruption to the lives of millions of Nigerians.

"Fibre links the different parts of the country to form one cohesive network for business and personal communication. When fibre is damaged, parts of the country are excised and reliant businesses are left high and dry."

Goodluck explained how ICT has become the backbone for many aspects of life and business and that the continued damage to it could have an effect on socio-economic life in Nigeria.

He said: "The underpinning of telecommunications is Information Communication Technology (ICT). As such the impact of these incidents, if they continue unabated, does not only affect common telecommunication services like making calls and sending text, which itself has consequences for individual wellbeing, but also negatively impacts businesses that rely on telecom. Loss of fibre hampers businesses that depend on ICT to conduct its affairs.”

Calling on the federal government to urgently confer critical status on ICT and telecommunications infrastructure, he said: "Any improper or illegal interference or damage to ICT infrastructure by unauthorised third parties is an unfortunate development."



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

ComTech minister: Appropriate legislation critical to telecom sector growth

Nigeria’s Communications Technology Minister Adebayo Shittu, has said appropriate laws will be made to guarantee the consolidation of the gains of the telecoms industry.  Read More

Water utilities to introduce USSD service

Botswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) will soon officially launch a service using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), for its customers throughout the country.  Read More

Scatec Solar secures 100 MW Solar Project in Nigeria

Scatec Solar has signed an agreement with CDIL, a Canadian renewable energy development company focused on Africa, and BPS, a Nigerian strategic consulting firm, securing the 100 MW (DC) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Jigawa State, Nigeria.  Read More

Tackling cybercrime requires new skills, says minister

Nigeria's ComTech Minister, Adebayo Shittu, says new skills are needed to address the global threat of cybercrime. Read More

Unsolicited SMS: We’ve given subscribers choice, says NCC

Nigeria’s telecoms sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has given subscribers the power to choose between receiving unsolicited messages or not through the enforcement of the DND code on the telcos. Read More

NITDA seeks NCC collaboration for 50% GDP growth

The acting Director-General of Nigeria’s NITDA is seeking the collaboration of the NCC to develop the country’s ICT industry to enable it to contribute about 50 per cent to the nation’s GDP. Read More

Amosun, Danbatta settle disputes over 47 BTS shut in Ogun

The outstanding issues which have kept 47 base transmission stations (BTS) under lock and key in Ogun State have been successfully resolved by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta. Read More

ComTech Minister: NITDA recruitment fraudulent

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has described the last recruitment exercise at the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) fraudulent as it did not follow due process. Read More

Buhari advised on national addressing system

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to establish a national addressing system in the country to check the crime rate in the country. Read More

Science & Tech Minister: We’ll deepen R&D

The Minister of Science and Technology has identified poor funding and ineffective coordination as reasons Nigeria’s technological development has remained stunted.   Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Financial services sees AI as both opportunity and threatFinancial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat

Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector.

Advertisement

IN DEPTH

Access and Use of ICT stats releasedAccess and Use of ICT stats released

Statistics Botswana has released the first results of the 2014 Information and Communication Technology Household Survey.