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The inauguration of Association of Submarine Cable Operators of Nigeria (ASCON) has received the support of sister advocacy groups in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

The duo – Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), described the setting up of ASCON as a good development for the industry.

According to them, ASCON will now lend their voice to the ongoing advocacies to persuade the Federal, State and Local Government to accord telecommunication infrastructure the status of national critical infrastructure which their counterparts in the electricity distribution and water boards are enjoying.

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Pioneer ASCON Executives (left) and the Trustees (right) during the inauguration. Image by TechEconomy.ng.

Speaking at ASCON’s inauguration, the Chairman of ALTON, Engineer Gbenga Adebayo, said that ASCON will help to table, before the government, reasons such infrastructure must be protected.

Engr. Adebayo who was represented by the Chairman, Technical Committee of ALTON, Mr. Aremu Olajide, said, “The voice of the players in the submarine cable will be heard louder and they will perform better now that ASCON has been formed. And they will be able to marshal points and get across to all regulatory authorities the necessary leeway to get the best of the industry, especially the services they offer.

Chairman of Technical Committee of ALTON, Aremu Olajide. Image by TechEconomy.ng.

“Also, in other for ASCON members to get their services across the nation, we believe a partnership between ALTON and ASCON is necessary. And I say without doubt that as most members of ASCON are also members of ALTON we have no cause to be detracted off our goals. Once again, to ASCON ALTON says congratulations and welcome on board”.

On his part, the President of ATCON, Engr. Olusola Teniola, lamented the pains of submarine and fibre cable operators, describing their experience as not pleasant.

To this end, he believes that ASCON’s berth was timely and deserves the backing of other associations in the industry.

In his words: “The formation of ATCON is a welcome development in our industry. The players have spent a lot of money to get the submarine cables to Nigeria and extend them to other parts of the continent. For instance, MainOne has a lot of stories to tell about this. Ms. Funke Opeke has spent a lot of money on this. But the story doesn’t end there because there are a lot of bottlenecks players in the sub-sector face.

President of ATCON, Olusola Teniola. Image by TechEconomy.ng.

“So, it is timely that this Association is now here to lend voice to what ATCON and ALTON have been doing to prevail on the government to actually treat fibre as a critical national infrastructure.

“Every time a cable goes down/cut close to a billion naira is lost and there are a lot of other industries that are dependent on the ‘fibre’ to deliver on their services. So, the business requires a concrete and sustainable backbone. That is what we in ATCON are doing.

“So, I plead with the new association that the voice should be in sync with the voices of others already existing in the industry- ATCON and ALTON, to ensure we change government policies to treat telecom infrastructure as critical national infrastructure. Otherwise, everything will turn to blue-sky ideas. So, partnership is key to getting these things done”.

TechEconomy.ng broke the news on the ASCON inauguration at the 2018 Cable Protection Awareness Event held at Radisson blu, Victoria Island, Lagos themed, “The Protection of Submarine Cable Assets in Nigeria; the Silent Arteries of Our Socio-Political & Economic Development”.

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The Excos, Trustees & Guests at the event. Image by TechEconomy.ng.

The pioneer ASCON President, Mr. Ifeloju Alakija, said that establishing the Association was borne out of the need to create a national advocacy forum for Nigerian companies and administrations that own and/or operate submarine telecommunications cables landing in the country.

ALTON’s Secretary Gbolahan Awonuga (r), and other stakeholders at the launch of ASCON in Lagos, recently. Image by: TechEconomy.ng

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