"Whilst NCC is exemplary in terms of the data it produces covering mobile voice, there is significantly less publicly available data on fixed and mobile broadband," ITU said.
This forms part of the recommendations of the ITU in "Strategies for the Promotion of Broadband Services and Infrastructure: a
ITU also identified vandalism and lack of reliable power supply as the most serious problems affecting the implementation of a viable broadband project in
"Efforts to deliver broadband across
Road repairs and other civil activity usually result in network breakage, while criminal theft of cables with the hope of selling them is another common form of vandalism which ITU identified as undermining efforts by broadband investors to seamlessly deliver high speed Internet services.
Construction of various kinds most especially road works means that cables are cut during the process of works. These civil works are not coordinated so a succession of works that takes place, creating long periods of disruption. It is also widely believed by operators that some cuts are a form of commercial vandalism designed to run down competitors, the UN agency says.
"However, the most common form of vandalism is criminals digging up the fibre in the expectation that they will uncover copper cable that can be sold."
According to the country case study, broadband deployment is also undermined by intermittent power supply that causes damage to telecoms equipment.
To scale the hurdle, operators resort to using power generating sets to power their equipment which results in higher operating cost with the attendant effect that, "power failures and unreliable power with surges causes significant damage and downtime to a range of different telecoms equipment that controls the network at all levels. The need for generators to back-up key network transmission equipment adds to the cost of operating the network."
So far, telecoms operators in
ITU recommended among other things that the government should be pro-active in addressing the challenge of vandalism. The agency said: The government needs to spot emerging problems like vandalism and be quick to help rather than waiting to see what happens."
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