The lingering interconnection problem among the GSM operators in the country has been blamed on the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, said during a media briefing in Lagos yesterday that the inability of NITEL to put its acts together was the principal cause of interconnection problems in the country.

According to Ndukwe, NITEL has not been able to install the necessary equipment to enable mobile to mobile interconnection between its mobile network and other mobile networks.

Adducing sundry reasons NITEL has performed below par in the interconnection issue, Ndukwe said NITEL has had the privatisation burden hanging over its neck since the past two years. He said "this has limited its ability to invest on its network expansion requirements in a timely manner. "

The NCC Boss continued that "the managing Directors have been changed four times since year 2000 and this comes with changes in senior management and board membership," wondering who to really hold responsible for the state of affairs in NITEL.

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