The biggest four mobile phone companies and key players in the Nigerian telecoms market have relived the pain and gains of delivering services in what offers rare insights into dynamics shaping what consumers pay for telephony in the country, an industrywide operators’ review of last year obtained by Technology Times has shown.
[su_quote cite=”Mike Ikpoki, CEO of MTN Nigeria”]MTN spent over N34 billion on diesel to power its cell sites in 2013, for instance. All combine to create a rather difficult operating environment.[/su_quote]
At MTN Nigeria, the nation’s biggest mobile phone company by market share and subscriber numbers, N34 billion was spent on diesel alone and the operator minces no word in admitting that Nigerian telecoms industry “has continued to be plagued by serious ecosystem issues, the intensity of which heightened in 2013.”
Michael Ikpoki, CEO of MTN Nigeria, says that “MTN spent over N34 billion on diesel to power its cell sites in 2013, for instance all combine to create a rather difficult operating environment.”
Mike Adenuga Jnr, Chairman of Globacom, the nation’s Second National Operator (SNO), who is not often known to openly confront government agencies has a word of advice for the telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to enable operators surmount “challenging issues” in the market.
According to Adenuga, “Glo recommends improved relationship between telecommunications operators and NCC through mutual symposiums and workshops. Ample notice should be given by NCC to operators for implementation of NCC directives to Operators. NCC should leave room for collective bargaining in decisions taken against defaulting operators and leave room for negotiation and dialogue in resolving challenging issues raised by operators or regulatory bodies.”
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