Amid wide belief that governments at the federal, state and local levels were largely responsible for the delay in broadband penetration in the country, Governor
The governor, who spoke at the Nigerian Telecoms Development Lecture (NITDEL) in
"This will lead to harsh competition among telecoms operators and will definitely slow the pace of broadband penetration among themselves," Aregbesola said.
The event, which was organised by the
"The tendency to have monopoly of infrastructure has forced every telecoms operator to seek government permit for right of way and this has attracted unnecessary harassment from some state and local governments to impose arbitrary levies on the operators," the governor said.
He called on telecoms operating companies to not only collaborate among themselves over infrastructure sharing, but to also consider partnering with various governments to address the issue of delay in getting approval to Right of Way and as well as the issue if multi-taxation.
Telecoms operators had continued to blame the various governments for the slow pace in broadband penetration, due to delay in granting approval to Right of Way by the state governments on one hand, and due to the multiple taxes imposed on operators by government agencies and social miscreants, on the other hand.
Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr.
According to him, Airtel had spent close to N3.9 trillion (
Disturbed by the amount spent on telecoms infrastructure alone, the governor again blamed the Airtel for spending so much without the money being felt in the economy of the nation. "If telecoms operators insist on using telecoms infrastructure with local contents, the money spent on infrastructure will remain in
He said whenever the issue of the impact of ICT to societal development was being discussed, the commission feels a sense of being evaluated. "This is why we are always interested in participating in events of this nature as it affords us the opportunity to listen to diverse views, opinions and suggestions that would enable us do our job better", Juwah said.
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