The signal interference that often occurs in border areas can disrupt the provision of telecom services in the countries concerned. It is therefore important for neighboring countries to collaborate in the management of radio frequencies to avoid these inconveniences.
Nigeria and Niger have signed a bilateral agreement for the coordination of the use of frequencies along their respective borders. The agreement was signed by Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, and Moussa Baraze, Minister of Posts and New Information Technologies . It aims to guarantee the transparent deployment of telecom services both in border areas and within the two countries.
The agreement will contribute to effective coordination and sharing of frequencies and channels in the “buffer zone or region” located at the Nigeria-Niger border. It also defines procedures for resolving signal interference problems that may arise in telecommunications signal transmissions by terrestrial telecommunications service providers.
This agreement between Niger and Nigeria was signed on the sidelines of the Regional Conference on the Digital Economy which was held from January 31 to February 1 in Abuja, Nigeria. It was an opportunity for policy makers and actors of the digital economy ecosystem of the West African sub-region to discuss the future of the digital economy and to intensify public-private partnerships. regional.
The agreement provides, among other things, that in the event of harmful interference affecting one of the parties, the affected party must inform the other party in writing so that the necessary measures can be taken. ” Furthermore, the party from which the interference originates must ensure that all necessary means are used to resolve the harmful interference within 30 days of receipt of the notice ,” the agreement reads.