Infrastructure sharing: IT expert tasks telecoms operators on redundancy
Opeyemi Praise, the Team Lead, Network Operations, Cyberspace Network Ltd. has urged telecommunications operators to have redundancy while sharing infrastructure.
Praise told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos, that the lack of redundancy while collocating was affecting service provision.
The term redundancy is used to describe telecommunication links that are installed to backup primary resources in case such resources fail.
“We should careful so that we do not use infrastructure sharing to kill needed redundancies.
“As a result of infrastructure sharing in some remote communities, all operators are using only fibre connectivity.
“When there is a fibre cut, the whole community is down because there are no alternatives to support the fibre connectivity.
“Operators can still have their own connectivity and have a ride on the fibre of other operators for redundancy,’’ he said.
According to the team lead, there is still more to be done as some operators are still averse to infrastructure sharing.
According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), one of the benefits of infrastructure sharing is improved quality of service rendered by telecommunications operators and reducing expenditure for them.
Others include faster time to market for new entrants and thus the capability to focus on customer service and core business.
NCC believed that with infrastructure sharing, operators could achieve competitive tariffs for customers and rollout in less profitable areas.
It further said that infrastructure sharing can control excessive proliferation of towers and mast, which made the skyline untidy, especially for aircraft. (NAN).