Nigeria’s major telecommunications companies, MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat have agreed to pay the N1.3 billion fine imposed on them by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Business Day reports. The NCC recently fined the organizations for poor quality service to Nigerians in the months of March and April
Congested networks and dropped calls are a constant staple in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry. At the same time, Nigeria is market leader, MTN’s biggest market in Africa, raking in an estimated N3 trillion in revenues in its ten years of operation in Nigeria.
The NCC in addition to the fine will be conducting monthly assessments of the operators’ networks to ensure that the operators maintain the right standard of service.
MTN Group Ltd. (MTN) and Etisalat, were each fined N360 million, while Bharti Airtel Ltd was given a N270 million penalty. Globacom was charged N180million. MTN and Etisalat reportedly cited lack of power and sabotage as reasons for poor connections and dropped calls.