MTN urges infrastructure protection


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

comments powered by Disqus


Nigeria govt mulls fresh e-payment scheme

Worried by the connectivity hiccups of its initiatives to drive its cash lite economy initiative, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is considering the introduction of mobile point of sale (MPoS) terminals. Read More

ACA, Samsung step up fight against counterfeits

Samsung Electronics East Africa and the Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) are stepping up their efforts to counter sales of fake and non-genuine products. Read More

Kenya to issue first exclusively mobile bond

Kenya's Treasury has announced plans to float the first-ever Government Bond that will be offered exclusively via mobile phone. Read More

ITU recognises African Presidents for ICT development

The Presidents of Rwanda, Gabon and Kenya were among nine international heads of state to be officially recognised by the ITU for their efforts to improve access to ICT networks and services. Read More

BotswanaPost has new CEO

Cornelius Ramatlhakwane has been duly apointed as the incoming Chief Executive Officer at BotswanaPost.  Read More

‘E-government will end multiple charges by MDAs’

A practitioner in the information technology (IT) space and Managing Partner, Techsol Professional Service Ltd, Mobolaji Moshood, has said the adoption of electronic or e-government will put an end to multiple charges by the state’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). Read More

Northern Corridor looks to harmonised SIM reg frameworks

The NCIP states of Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda met in Nairobi to consider SIM card registration regulations and the harmonisation of regulations across the region. Read More

IBM makes recommendations on SMART Rwanda

A team of IBM experts has presented recommendations to Rwandan authorities to bolster the country's development. Read More

NBC denies spectrum sale to MTN Nigeria

Regulator of the broadcast sector, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has denied selling spectrum to MTN Nigeria as reported in a few platforms in the country a few days ago. Read More

NCS to Buhari: appoint IT professional as ComTech minister

Information technology (IT) professionals in Nigeria acting under the aegis of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an IT professional as ComTech minister.  Read More


Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika


Connectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chiefConnectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chief

Connectivity is vital for any country to fully optimise the huge potential of cyberspace, SES Sales Manager for West Africa Joy Nma Emenike tells Kokumo Goodie.


High tech homes: Just press playHigh tech homes: Just press play

High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.