It appears the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to offer another life support for small telecommunications operators by introducing a framework for the industry.
According to The Sun, the new framework by the telecom industry regulator would allow infrastructure sharing and co-location.
The chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) listed economic challenge as one of the hurdles of the industry. The framework will not only help small operators, but also provide a soft landing for new entrants into the industry.
NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Danbatta stated that the framework would ensure that companies without the capacity to deploy their own infrastructure could pay and get a lease of infrastructure from the bigger ones.
The framework would go along way in solving the infrastructure deficit in the country. It will also further drive broadband penetration as the focus for the telecom operators would be on building infrastructure in new markets, while other operators can plug into the already built facilities.
This could potentially also solve the perceived problem of too many telecom masts, irrespective of whether their radiation has any harmful effect on human health or not.