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300 telecommunication towers to be built by 2021

300 telecommunication towers to be built by 2021

KUCHING: Sarawak expects to complete building 300 telecommunication towers by next year to improve mobile and Internet connectivity in rural areas.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) had constructed 184 towers so far under the SMA300 telecommunication tower initiative.

“The remaining 116 are expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2021, ” he said when opening the International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) 2020 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here.

The telecommunication tower initiative is part of efforts to provide digital infrastructure and economy under the state’s digital economy strategy.

Abang Johari said the rollout of another 300 towers in phase two of the initiative was still in the planning stages.

He said the 600 towers in total would complement the Federal Government’s National Digital Infrastructure Plan (Jendela) initiatives, which include 636 new towers in Sarawak.

“This strategic partnership will realise the state’s vision of achieving 99.9% broadband coverage throughout Sarawak, ” he said.

Abang Johari also said the state government was committed to enhancing connectivity through new policies and initiatives.

For instance, he said, the state government had allocated RM3mil to upgrade Internet connectivity in nine national parks, with the first at Semenggoh orang utan rehabilitation centre already completed.

“To accelerate Internet connectivity to underserved rural communities, the state government has established free WiFi connectivity for a number of villages and longhouses.

“Through this initiative, each village will share a bandwidth of 30Mbps.

“To date, 20 villages and longhouses have been digitally connected to access the Internet, government services and Sarawak Pay (e-wallet facility), ” said Abang Johari.

In addition, he said the state government had allocated RM50mil to instal very small aperture terminal (VSAT) stations to improve connectivity in underserved rural areas.

“I believe that installing VSAT stations

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Nigeria: Abu – Adequate Telecoms Towers Will Bridge Infrastructure Gap

Nigeria: Abu – Adequate Telecoms Towers Will Bridge Infrastructure Gap

The Chief Executive Officer of Pan African Towers Limited, an indigenous infrastructure company, Mr. Wole Abu, speaks about the need for government to support additional deployment of telecoms masts and towers, to bridge Nigeria’s infrastructure gap and enhance access to telecoms services in underserved communities. Excerpts:

What’s your general assessment of the infrastructure segment of the African telecoms market, where you currently operate?

The infrastructure segment of the African telecoms market has actually seen a lot of growth since the entrance of major players at the global level into Africa around 2012. From then, infrastructure and tower deals have grown year on year. Also, it is beginning to see cloud and fibre deployment at an increasing rate in Africa. So, infrastructure for telecommunication is growing and this is being driven by demand. In terms of adequacy, off course, there is still a demand-supply gap. Infrastructure is still not adequate. We still have a huge gap in that space. In Nigeria, filling the gap will demand an estimated investment worth $136 billion, according to the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) .

Over the years, and even before the coming of Pan-African Towers, deploying infrastructure has been faced with some bottlenecks. What are those challenges you have identified since you commenced operation?

Truly, many challenges are bedeviling the sector. There are social challenges like theft, vandalism, community issues and so on. And also, there are the business environment issues like multiple taxation, unfavourable or harsh government policies, forex scarcity and lack of long-term capital for investment in infrastructure in local currency. All these are the issues. Then of course, you also look at failure in power supply. Availability of power is important since all telecoms infrastructure, which are distributed across the country, rely on

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Abu: Adequate Telecoms Towers Will Bridge Infrastructure Gap

Abu: Adequate Telecoms Towers Will Bridge Infrastructure Gap

Chief Executive Officer of Pan African Towers Limited, Mr. Wole Abu

The Chief Executive Officer of Pan African Towers Limited, an indigenous infrastructure company, Mr. Wole Abu, speaks about the need for government to support additional deployment of telecoms masts and towers, to bridge Nigeria’s infrastructure gap and enhance access to telecoms services in underserved communities. Emma Okonji presents the excerpts:

What’s your general assessment of the infrastructure segment of the African telecoms market, where you currently operate?

The infrastructure segment of the African telecoms market has actually seen a lot of growth since the entrance of major players at the global level into Africa around 2012. From then, infrastructure and tower deals have grown year on year. Also, it is beginning to see cloud and fibre deployment at an increasing rate in Africa. So, infrastructure for telecommunication is growing and this is being driven by demand. In terms of adequacy, off course, there is still a demand-supply gap. Infrastructure is still not adequate. We still have a huge gap in that space. In Nigeria, filling the gap will demand an estimated investment worth $136 billion, according to the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) .

Over the years, and even before the coming of Pan-African Towers, deploying infrastructure has been faced with some bottlenecks. What are those challenges you have identified since you commenced operation?

Truly, many challenges are bedeviling the sector. There are social challenges like theft, vandalism, community issues and so on. And also, there are the business environment issues like multiple taxation, unfavourable or harsh government policies, forex scarcity and lack of long-term capital for investment in infrastructure in local currency. All these are the issues. Then of course, you also look at failure in power supply. Availability of power

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