Telcos begin to rebuild destroyed towers in North East
Telecommunications tower operators have commenced the rebuilding of destroyed towers in the troubled North-eastern part of the country, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.
At the pick of terrorist activities in that area two years ago, over 150 towers were destroyed and abandoned by Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) who then was the owners of those towers, but today, they are now owned and are being rebuild by telecommunications infrastructure providers.
Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that operators have started rebuilding some of the towers Boko Haram terrorist group destroyed in the height of the insurgency in the Northeast.
He said that the rebuilding in done in collaboration with security agencies that are providing security for the workers carrying out the rebuilding exercise.
“Security in some areas has improved which necessitate the rebuilding and access to cell sites has also improved with no threat to abandoning of cell sites again.”
Adebayo added that operators are funding the rebuilding of these destroyed base transceiver station (BTS) as there are no insurance cover for terrorism destroyed properties or infrastructure in Nigeria.
“To this end that we are asking the federal government to give operators as a support is concession in the areas of tax rebate to mitigate the huge financial burden on operators for the rebuilding of the towers destroyed for no fault of theirs.