By Ogbolu George
Professor Umar Danbatta, the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has condemned unjustified cutting of fibre cables and continuous community attack on telecommunications installations.
Danbatta made this known when he spoke on Channels TV programme Sunrise Daily.
Quality of telecom services
He said though the dropped-call rates being experienced by consumers was not acceptable, findings by the Commission showed that fiber cut and sabotage were largely responsible for poor network connections
”Based on the measurement of quality of service we have conducted, the call drop rate is not acceptable; the call success rate is equally not encouraging.
”But our findings also show that there are technical and non-technical factors responsible for the poor quality of networks.
”These factors include fiber cut, community issues and unsteady electricity supply,” Danbatta said
The NCC boss argued that electricity supply was tied to the quality of service as all the network operators depend on electricity supply on a daily basis.
”Even though they do depend also on generating power on their own, they still have challenges of diesel most of the times,” he added.
Danbatta said the Commission had suggested to the network operators to look for other means of powering their base stations.
Solar energy, he noted, was one of such alternative means.
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