Manager, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC, Dr Lawal Bello,) said the country required more investment in infrastructure to be able to provide optimum services to the growing telecoms subscribers in the country.
Bello who stated this on Friday in Lokoja said that Nigeria required about 80,000 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) to enhance its capacity for quality service delivery.
He said the country currently had about 50,000 BTS, and that the rate at which telecoms infrastructure were being vandalised across the country had greatly affected the quality of service in the telecoms sector.
On deployment of fibre cable for broadband access, he said the country currently had about 38,000 kilometers of fibre cable but required 120,000 kilometers for good broadband access.
Bello, therefore, said the protection of telecoms equipment and infrastructure should not be seen as the responsibility of NCC and security agencies but the responsibility of all patriotic citizens.
He said it was against this backdrop that the NCC recently organised a sensitisation workshop on the Protection of Telecom Infrastructure in Lokoja to interface with stakeholders.