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NCC sensitizes residents on protection of telecoms infrastructure

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has sensitized Karu residents in Nasarawa state, North-Central Nigeria, on the need to protect telecom Infrastructure by regarding them as collectively owned.

In a workshop on the Protection of Telecom Infrastructure the Head of Zonal Operations, Helen Obi of the NCC said this was aimed at enlightening the public and other stakeholders on the need to protect telecom infrastructure within their communities.

Mrs Obi said the Programme was also aimed at creating awareness about the importance of telecommunication infrastructure in domains while lauding the impact of telecom service.

It is instructive to note that the advent of GSM has re-engineered our economy and social well-being. However, there are some challenges pervading the seamless provision of telecommunication services in the country arising from some misconceptions and misguided facts about key telecom infrastructure such as Base Stations (BTS), etc. More so, these facilities have been targets of vandalism, theft and hostility from some host communities.

It is therefore imperative for the public to regard telecom facilities as collectively owned infrastructure that are crucial and essential for the provision of efficient and acceptable Quality of Service (QoS), and ought to be keenly protected, she explained.

She urged the residents to disregard insinuations that telecom masts are hazardous to health and advise them not to agitate against the deployment of required infrastructure in their surroundings.

As we are aware telecommunication has been an integral part of our daily lives with provision of services ranging from telephony, entertainment, information and learning over a broad range of media platform.

It is worth emphasizing that over the past fifteen years, we have experienced tremendous growth in this sector and a significant contribution to the Nigeria's GDP. With the Commission's pervasive drive to achieve 30% Broadband penetration by end of 2018 in line with the set target by Government, increase in deployment of robust critical telecom infrastructure is imperative.

Regrettably, vandalism of telecom infrastructure has continued to be a major challenge in the telecom industry. However, the Commission has continued to collaborate with the relevant Agencies to ensure adequate security for telecom facilities, the Commission has continued to engage stakeholders on the need to protect telecommunication infrastructure, she said.

The workshop presented a platform for cooperation between stakeholders in the Telecommunications Industry to reach an understanding towards putting into proper perspective the concerns most often expressed by the public about telecom infrastructure.

Source: Voice of Nigeria