Over 50,000 cases of telecom infrastructure destruction reported in 5 years – Danbatta

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, says over 50,000 cases of major destruction to telecom infrastructure and facilities have been reported across the country in the past five years.

According to him, the incidents affect the quality of telecommunications services in Nigeria.

A statement by Director, Public Affairs NCC Reuben Muoka weekend quoted Prof. Danbatta as saying this at the 2022 edition of Youth Civil Society and Stakeholders Summit (YCSSS), which took place at the Army Resource Centre, Abuja.

He expressed worry over how these incidents have continued to affect the Quality of Experience (QoE) of consumers, and called for concerted efforts by the members of the public and security agencies to stem this tide.

Represented by the Head, Corporate Communications Unit of the Commission, Mrs. Nnena Ukoha, Danbatta, said the negative impacts of incessant vandalism of telecom equipment, evidenced in fibre cuts, theft of telecom facilities like generators at sites, vandalism of base stations, among other vices, have become a major burden on the service providers, while telecom consumers have continued to suffer unwarranted disruptions of their hard-earned services.

“The impact of vandalism of infrastructure is felt by all in the quality of services rendered as it results in increasing drop calls, data and Internet connectivity disruptions, aborted and undelivered short messaging services (SMS), as well as countless failed calls”, he said.

Danbatta said that considering the fact that the ability to connect and communicate is fundamental to human existence, improvement in business processes, government services, education, as well as social and family networking through seamless connections, every community should get involved in protecting the critical infrastructure that makes these services possible.