A series of bomb attacks in North East Nigeria has left the region’s communications network crippled, as more than 25 BTS or Base Transceiver Stations were destroyed. The insurgent attacks in the African state’s Northern provinces has severely affected the telecommunications system as BTS are crucial in the network.
The damages to the network were confirmed at an industry forum in Lagos, attended by the chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Gbenga Adebayo. Mr Adebayo said that he had received unconfirmed reports of sites being destroyed. Many of these sites are owned by multiple operators.
The attacks come at a time when Nigerian telecom operators are calling for the government to call the telecom network a critical national infrastructure. This will boost protection and security for the system, since many other industries like healthcare, banking, and security depend on the communications backbone.