Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Anambra: RoW's waiver to attract investors says EVC - ITREALMS


The Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has commended the Anambra State government for offering waiver for the right of way (RoW) for deployment of broadband which will make the state attractive to investors, reports ITREALMS.
Speaking at the Anambra State Broadband Infrastructure Development Stakeholders Forum in the state capital, Awka and held virtually, Danbatta said, this RoW waiver, would make Anambra State more attractive to network operators and attract investment in the infrastructure needed to support economic wellbeing of state.


Danbatta reiterated the role of Zinox Technologies in the emerging digital revolution in the South-East and hailed the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano for waiving the contentious Right of Way charges.

Right of Way charge is a levy paid by telecommunication companies to state governments, permitting telecommunication companies to dig up the roads and install telecommunications hardware such as optic fibre cables that carry internet traffic.

“Under this initiative, the South-East Infraco licensee (Messrs. Zinox Technologies Ltd.) will be required to provide at least one Point-of-Access (PoA) in each of the 95 LGA’s that constitute the region and interconnect them with 1,314m of Optic Fibre Cable (OFC).

“Right-of-Way (RoW) charges is a major limiting factor to provision of broadband services in Nigeria, as it slows down network deployment with the cost of the limited capacities ultimately passed to the subscribers. I must applaud His Excellency and Anambra state, who is one of the two states that have not just reduced the Right of Way charges offered to operators, but waived it completely. For this, we are eternally grateful. This action, is sure, to put Anambra State on the global map of Digital Economy.’’

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