The stability of the national electricity grid is being threatened as fibre optics on transmission towers are in use for telecommunication services by Phase3 Telecom rather than to monitor the national grid.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) cancelled a 15 year fibre optics network concession contract it had with Phase3 Telecoms and Alheri Engineering Company Limited in January 2018 after it claimed the firms underperformed and had paid only $3.5 million of the $40m concession fee since they took over the assets in 2006.

A situation report addressed to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), said both firms had challenged the cancellation in court with the firms securing a court injunction to stay action.

The report exclusively obtained yesterday stated that TCN appealed against the order but despite, that Phase3 Telecom had continued with a lower court’s injunction to gain access to the stations and continue their services since last week.

Source: Daily Trust