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.
European Communication Services and OH TV will be jointly providing broadcast services in the African market as well as an IPTV service in other regions of the world.
According to a July 9 statement, the two partner companies intended to cooperate in providing a turn-key satellite broadcast service for the African market, as well as a separate IPTV service for European, U.K., and international markets. The latter joint service will use OH BoX’s IPTV Platform. Customers worldwide will be able to access the ECS-OH TV channels through laptops, tablets, smartphones, and computers.
ECS CEO Eran Avni stated that their planned advanced service will provide new opportunities for local and regional broadcasters in Africa to cover African and international markets. The joint service between ECS and OH TV will link together various cable head ends around Africa, and it will also link those domestic African markets to international markets in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.
In addition to satellite television broadcasting, ECS offers many other communication services, including satellite telephone connections, Internet (broadband) services, VISIT, and interactive services.
WASHINGTON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - For a South African telecommunications company, it represented a unique chance to seize what its chief executive called “one of the most significant ‘virgin’ mobile opportunities in the world.”