MTN Seeks Understanding As Floods, Insecurity Slow $1.3bn Project
Understanding from its customers and other key stakeholders saying its $1.3 billion network modernisation and swap-out exercise may not meet the first quarter 2012, deadline as the recent flood disasters across 17 states and Insecurity in the north east were affecting its plans and customers’ quality of experience (QoE) on the network.
Mr. Wale Goodluck, the company’s corporate services executive and Mrs. Funmi Omogbenigun, general manager, corporate communications in a chat with the media yesterday said: “We regret that the pace of work has been considerably challenged by the spate of Insecurity coupled with the unprecedented flooding being experienced in many parts of the country.
“The network optimisation exercise will affect over 4,000 base stations out of over 10, 000 across the country.The task that we are undertaking is tantamount to building a new network, we are seeking to replicate what we achieved over a six- year period in nine months,”he explained.
Goodluck said that considerable progress has been recorded with regards to the on-going network improvement plans. “Several swap-outs have reached very advanced stages of completion.
“The entire network modernisation process is a very logistic-intensive one and the problem of Insecurity has seriously affected the pace of work in some parts of the country,”he disclosed.
In addition, in at least 13 states, Goodluck added, flooding has created additional logistic impediments such that the pace of the on-going network modernisation efforts has slowed down. He acknowledged that MTN’s customers have been experiencing some disruption over the last few weeks.
MTN Seeks Understanding As Floods, Insecurity Slow .3bn Project
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