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Telcos need over 180,000 BTS to shore up service



Mobile telecommunications operators in the country require over 180,000 base transceiver stations to effectively cover the country with improved quality of service, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.

Subscribers of mobile telecommunications services particularly Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) have been faced with poor quality of service which stakeholders have attributed to insufficient base stations among other causes.

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) explained that effective coverage of geographical area requires deployment of base transceiver station (BTS) also known base station within the standard 5 kilometres radius.

Nigeria with geographical area of 910, 768 square kilometres requires about 182, 768 base stations to effectively deliver telecommunications services at improved quality on 5 kilometres radius between each BTS.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered that this applies when mobile operators wholesomely embrace collocation of infrastructure which allows more than one operator to collectively situate their radio frequency equipment at a single base station.

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