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Subscribers carpet states over shutdown of base stations


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National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMMS) has said that the current poor quality of service being experience by subscribers is largely attributed to overzealousness of some state governments that imposes arbitrary taxes on telcos and the shutdown of their towers for not paying those taxes.

Deolu Ogunbanjo, president, NATCOMMS, told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, that the action of the state governments has brought hardship on subscribers who are unable to complete calls.

The stand of NATCOMMS has brought unification on the primary cause of poor quality of service delivered by telecommunications operators by stakeholders in the ecosystem.

Ogunbanjo as a way forward, urged Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to reconstitute Telecom Industry Working Group (TIWG) which according to him assisted in addressing the problem through visits to those states where the problem was prevalence.

It would be recalled that Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC, disclosed in Lagos recently that activities of some state governments’ agencies that impose taxes on operators and thereafter shutdown towers are impacting negatively on quality of service.

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