NCC Calls for Joint Management of Sat3 in Nigeria

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Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Engr. Ernest Ndukwe has called for a joint management of the SAT3 optics fibre project to forestall frequent breakdown and improve its efficiency for international connectivity.

Ndukwe who made the call at the weekend when he chaired the Communications Session of the 4th Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, which dwelt on the provision of fibre optics transmission infrastructure in Nigeria, said he will advise the owners to invite the operators to advance joint management arrangement.

He stated this position with reference to a presentation by a NITEL representative, Mr. Jibrin on the SAT3, who related an unpalatable experience with regards to the maintenance of the system and the attendant delays that tend to frustrate the Nigerian subscribing operators. While Most of the operators present at the session called for a joint ownership as panacea to the problems but Ndukwe said that joint ownership may be difficult to achieve to resolve the issues and that a joint management will ensure that it is serviceable for the benefit of all.

SAT3 project is an undersea optics fibre cable connecting Cape Town in South Africa to the rest of West Africa coasts linking them to Europe through Portugal .

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