Non-passage of CNI Bill 15yrs after, threatens $77b telecom industry

• Presidency, NASS politics delay CNI bill for 15 years
• Vandalism surges by over 35% as operators lose 15,000 generators
• 34,862 towers, 127,294 Base Stations, 96,198km fibre optics endangered
• East and Northern Nigeria account for highest rate of destruction
• Analysts foresee huge drop in quality of telephony service  Today, the telecom operators have connected 320 million telephone lines, of which about 222 million have been active. Interestingly, the lines are serviced by 34,862 towers, 127,294 base stations and 96,198km fibre optic. The country has microwave coverage of 289,270.48km and 125 gateways servicing the economy.“The bill is still being held. The public hearing is yet to be done. Some issues need to be sorted out between this arm and the executive. It is a bill we are expecting to come as quickly as possible.