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Monday, July 11, 2011

Swaroop wants govt to declare telecom equipment, national infrastructure

Chief executive officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Rajan Swaroop has asked the federal government to classify telecom equipment as national infrastructure.

Speaking at an interactive session during a dinner with senior media executives to mark one year of Airtel operations in Nigeria in Abuja, Swaroop urged the government to make effort at nationally securing telecommunications infrastructure for the benefit of all stakeholders.

According to him, this call has become important following persistent damage to telecom fibres along the expressways and roads in the country as well as the rising spate of vandalizing telecoms equipment.

“Various parties including those working on roads do extensive damage to telecom infrastructure daily. These fibre cuts affect the network and it takes a while to discover where the damage happened,” he said.

Nigeria as a country, he said, needs to take a stand on protecting this infrastructure as a national priority.

He solicited media support in this regard so as to draw public attention to this untoward development which has the potential of sabotaging the effort of government and operator towards attaining global standards in quality of service (QoS).

Swaroop reiterated the commitment of Airtel Nigeria to providing first class telecommunications experiences to Nigerians.

“Airtel has launched several innovative products in the last one year in pursuit of the objective of telecommunications freedom for Nigerian subscribers,” he said.

As said by him, Airtel Nigeria has launched some ground-breaking services and products, which are now redefining the Nigerian telecommunications market.

“I believe some of you are already enjoying our 2Good, 2Good Extra, Easy Recharge, Big Family and the latest, MAMO (My Airtel; My Offer). We have not only provided our customers with a wider choice of value-adding products and services, we have also deepened the competition in the market place, and the customers are definitely the better for it,” he said.

He assured that on data infrastructure and service, Airtel would excite the market again with its offerings, affirmed that while the four submarine cable systems entering Nigeria have the capacity to meet the needs of Nigerians, “watch out for the next 12 months and you will see some exciting stuff coming out of Airtel.

ITRealms Online recalls that Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa.

The company offers mobile voice and data services, fixed line, high speed broadband, Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), Direct to Home (DTH), turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises and national as well as international long distance services to carriers.

Remmy Nweke
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