>From this month, the Directorate of Mobile Telecommunications of NITEL (M-tel) which is in charge of the NITEL’s GSM service, will now function as an autonomous company from parent NITEL. Engr. Omeata Managing Director of NITEL Engr said that with the development, M-Tel would have its own Managing Director and Chief Executive who will operate independent of the Managing Director of NITEL. he decision to separate the two companies may not also be unconnected with the persistent complaints by other private GSM operators that the GSM company should be separate from the parent NITEL because it had a separate licence from the National Carrier. They reason that running NITEL’s GSM operations under NITEL was against the rules of competition as the network is subsidised to the detriment of other operators.

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