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Attacks cost Nigerian phone operators N20 billion

September 10, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

This Day in Nigeria has reported that phone operators who fell victim to attacks, suspected to be by the Islamic group, Boko Haram, may have suffered loss of nearly N20 billion.

MTN Nigeria is one of the of country's mobile phone operators that has suffered as a result of recent attacks. (Image: File)

According to the report the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), an industry representative body, has said that its members (including MTN, GLO, Airtel and Etisalat) would terminate their services in the North because of attacks on their infrastructure.

The threat comes in the wake of recent attacks in Northern states on telecommunications infrastructure and base stations belonging to that of MTN and Airtel, amongst others.

As many as 25 base stations have reportedly been damaged in the attacks, disrupting mobile phone coverage.

Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of ALTON, is quoted as saying that a base station costs in the region of N500 million and N1 billion.

 According to Adebayo the Federal Government “should be decisive in its intervention in the onslaught against the telecoms firms.

 “It is an attack on subscribers; these are the people that are at the receiving end of the services. These are Nigerians, whose lives depend on telecoms services,” he told This Day.

Staff Writer

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