Nigeria's NATCOMS wants fast revival of rural telephony plan


The Nigerian Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has called for the speedy revival of the rural telephony project. NATCOMS president Deolu Ogunbanjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the demand is necessary to address the dire need for telecommunications services in unserviced and under-served communities. He said that the revival of the service would bridge the telecommunications divide between rural and urban settlements.

The government suspended the National Rural Telephony Project (NRTP), which began in 2001, because of poor execution. The first phase of the project was to cover 218 local government areas and provide over 636,256 CDMA lines in all the council areas.

The NATCOMS president said that inadequate basic telecommunications penetration in the rural areas was adversely affecting the quality of life of the rural population.