September 26, 2017

Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) plans 1000 BTS for rural communities

Fund plans 1000 BTS for rural communities... NAIJA INVEST

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) said it would build 1000 base transceiver stations (BTS) yearly in rural communities over the next five years to deepen telecoms penetration and improve service quality.

Its Secretary, Mr Abdullahi Maikano, made this known in Lagos at a stakeholders’ forum to discuss the new operating model for the key area implementation of connectivity, which include connectivity and access to ensure sustainability of the rural access.

Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, lamented recently that more than 40 per cent of the rural communities in the country were disenfranchised from the benefits of the telecoms revolution.

But the USPF, which is a special fund set up by the Federal Government under the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, designed to provide telecommunications and ICT services to un-served, under-served and deprived groups and communities in the country, said it will address this problem.

Under the Fund’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) for between the year and 2017, beginning from this year, no fewer than 1,000 BTS would be built every year to bridge the telecoms divide.

USPF also plans to support the laying of 15, 000 kilometres (km) of optic fibre cables (OFC) with an average of 3,000km every year; and the deployment of Internet Point of Presence (PoPs) in 25 clusters within the next five years with an average of five per year under the Fund’s Rural Broadband Internet (RUBI) scheme.

He said the SMP had been re-designed, following the review of the earlier SMP 2007-2011, which was fraught with some shortcomings, adding that to achieve the new targets; USPF will soon come up with Request for Proposal (RfP) from telecoms operators that will drive the infrastructure deployment. He said the Fund would ensure there is transparency in the bidding process.

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Fund plans 1000 BTS for rural communities... NAIJA INVEST

Fund plans 1000 BTS for rural communities… NAIJA INVEST

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