Wireless operators set to clash with state power company

6 Apr 2005

A number of Nigeria’s mobile and fixed wireless access (FWA) are on a collision course with the country’s National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) after the state body ruled that both types of provider are eligible to pay extra tax for generating their own power. The operators claim that they have had to generate their own electricity at base station sites to power their networks because of the deficiencies and unreliability of NEPA’s service, something the power supplier strongly refutes. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly given the telcos its backing and the issue now looks set to cause fierce debate in parliament later this month.