Nigeria needs more base stations, says ALTON's Adebayo

5 Apr 2012

The chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, has stated that the country has too few base stations given the size of its population. At the end of 2011 there were approximately 20,000 base stations in Nigeria serving a population of more than 150 million people, but Adebayo has called for operators to increase this number to around 75,000 in order to meet Quality of Service (QoS) mandates laid down by the regulator. Speaking at a consultation forum organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Adebayo cited the example of the UK, where approximately 55,000 sites serve a population of just over 60 million people.