NIGERIA: ECONET AND MTN DISAGREE ON MOBILITY FOR PTOS
According to a report by Nigeria’s Vanguard, the two largest mobile providers, Econet Wireless and MTN Nigeria disagree on allowing Private Telecom Operators (PTOs) to offer limited mobility services. MTN believes that PTOs should not be allowed to offer any level of mobility while Econet Wireless says it is not concerned if the PTOs offer limited mobility services.
The NCC ruled that the position held by Econet Wireless, that PTOs be allowed to offer limited mobility, be adopted.
Adrian Wood, MTN Nigeria’s CEO said, "MTN is opposed to PTOs becoming mobile operators by the backdoor and we have 200 million reasons why we have that point of view. The PTOs have paid a normal license fee and we don’t think that it is reasonably fair or economically justifiable for GSM operators to pay $285 million for their licenses as opposed to few million naira. The second issue is very simple, that going into the auction process in 2000, representation was made to all the bidders that the mobility of the PTOs will be phased out. The GSM operators calculated on this to plan their business".
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