Hike in Cost Of Right Of Way ‘ll Broadband Development, Says Telecos
The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the umbrella body of telecoms companies operating in Nigeria has said that the recent hike in the cost of Right of Way (RoW) by some State Governments slow down broadband development in the States.
President of TACON, Mr. Olusola Teniola in statement in Lagos, South West Nigeria, said that the hike in the cost of Right of Way (RoW) did not augur well with the Association because we know it is going to slow down development in the States.
Teniola who described the hike as unnecessary as it will be counterproductive reiterated ATCON’s commitment to work with the various State Governments and Agencies in providing an enabling environment for the establishment of more telecom and ICT Companies in the States
In his reaction to the hike, he said: “Our members which are principally telecom and ICT Companies rely heavily on the State governments and its agencies to make policies that promote further investment which would lead to building more telecom infrastructures that are needed by the citizenry, governance and businesses to deliver hitch free broadband services but with the recent upward review of the RoW, this might be difficult to achieve. We therefore appeal for a reversal of the cost back to what is being charged before.”
According to him, ATCON is aware that the state governments are passionate about improving life expectancy, literacy, increase level of employment in their respective States adding that with friendly business environment for telecom Companies, all these goals can be achieved on the condition that the RoW charge is not inimical to the spread of broadband infrastructure development.
“The Association, having justified our points for the reversal of the cost of RoW recently hiked by some state agencies, would continue to engage the state governments as we remain committed to contributing our quota to the development of the States”, he said.