Nominate female innovators of the year

Rewarding innovation
Female Innovator of
the Year Award.

Monday, Oct 21st

More countries Nigeria

‘Stop demolishing mobile towers!’


Nigeria’s Urban Furniture Regulatory Unit (UFRU) has come under fire in that country for tearing down what it deems to be ‘weak’ and ‘unauthorised’ mobile phone towers in Lagos State.

Collapsing towers, which endanger peoples’ lives and properties, have become a common occurrence in Nigeria, according to the Lagos State government.

Subsequently, the state’s administration setup the UFRU with the task of regulating the activities of telecoms operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in terms of the quality of their mast and tower installations.

And during July, the UFRU has been aggressively carrying out its mandate by pulling down towers it deems to be ‘substandard’.

But the move has drawn the ire of Nigeria’s National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers, (NATCOMS), which described the actions of UFRU in Lagos State as ‘illegal’.

The president of NATCOMS, Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, in a statement said UFRU’s moves have actually severely limited telecommunication signals in the affected areas.

“Just imagine in a moment of security challenges such as discovery of [a] planted bomb, kidnapping, rioting, armed robbery siege, medical emergency, earth tremor etcetera; when those distress calls need to be made, and the BTS (base transceiver stations) are no longer there to relay the signals, the ensuing perils would be worse.

“Installation of BTS has a procedure regulated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and this is to guarantee the safety of the infrastructure and the people living around it, and the environment,” he said.

He further warned that if the actions by UFRU continued, NATCOMS could carry out legal action against Lagos State.

The government’s move to tear down substandard towers also comes at a time when mobile operators in that country have come under increased pressure for issues such as dropped calls and a lack of network coverage.

The NCC even went as far this year to issue a combined fine of $7.38 million to four mobile operators - MTN, Globacom, Etisalat and Bharti Airtel - for poor service.


Vodacom Foundation, Google to advance SA’s 4IR preparedness Published on 08 October 2019

The organisations forge a partnership that aims to empower and equip South Africans with digital skills that speak to the fourth industrial revolution.

Orange, Global Fund unite to mobilise m-health solutions Published on 10 October 2019

Aim to speed up action against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

NEC XON wins global networking award for innovative African solutions Published on 18 October 2019

NEC XON has won ADVA's Global Partner of the Year award and received the award at its annual Summit held at Sun City in October, 2019.