According to online news sources MTN Nigeria has denied it will halt operations in the north of the country due to threats by militant groups and difficult operational conditions it has experienced.
A report yesterday quoted a senior executive from the company as stating that it “will not quit any part of the country” – despite information surfacing which suggested MTN would leave the region if the government and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) did not address operational and security challenges faced by mobile network operators.
Several explosions across key regions have hampered the company’s ability to deliver diesel to power base stations.
Relations between the telecommunications and technology regulatory body, the NCC, and MTN Nigeria has been strained after the mobile operator was amongst four companies issued with a fine for what the NCC claimed was ‘poor quality of service’.
At the time the NCC was quoted by media as saying that there was no going back on the fine it imposed.
Recent online statistics indicate that the country has approximately 45 million Internet users. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in March of 2011 the country’s telephony subscriber based reached 88,4 million – a total that incorporates 1,05 million fixed and unfixed wireless subscribers, 6,10 million CDMA mobile customers and 81,20 million GSM users.
Bismarck Rewane, CEO of Financial Derivatives Ltd., is quoted as saying that MTN has had their equipment vandalised because of resistance by some people to solar energy and other alternative sources.