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Current floorless data price can’t spur investments in networks—-Venn

The managing director of Spectranet 4G LTE Limited, Mr. David Venn, has given insights on why network congestion being experience by telecommunications subscribers may last.

In an interview, he said “There won’t be improvement in the network quality service for now as operators could not convince their shareholders to invest in network capacity because there is no strong business case for such investment with the present data price”.

Continuing, Venn averred that “The present data floor in the industry encourages more people to use data service which is response for network congestion and revenue from the service does not encourage shareholders to bring money to expand capacity. Something has to change if we are to deliver quality service and what has to change is for Nigerian Communications Commission to revisit data floor”.

According to him, there are strong indications that the telecommunications landscape in the country is transiting from voice centric to data centric, using the social media applications like yahoo messenger and WhatsApp.

Venn argued that currently, use of WhatsApp  platform in sending short messages is gradually surpassing the traditional use of sms and the development has impaired revenue for GSM operators.

Spectranet chief averred that towers. In the last one year it has been difficult for us to access dollar to import equipment for network expansion as well as adding capacity, the ones we are doing is from the equipment we imported before the new policy on FX, for big operators it has been very difficult for them to import equipment which has affected their efforts in adding capacity”.