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Friday, September 7, 2012

GSM Service Providers Threaten To Withdraw Services From The Northern Nigeria

Following the series of attacks on the
installations of GSM service providers
and some other telecommunications
service providers in the north over the
past few days, the umbrella body of the
telecommunication operators, the
Association of Licensed
Telecommunications Operators of
Nigeria ( ALTON) on Thursday said its
members – MTN, GLO, Airtel and Etisalat
will cut off services from the North.

According to ALTON, the number of base
stations vandalized in the north so far
has been put at 26. Yet another base
station belonging to an indigenous
telecoms infrastructure company ( IHS
Nigeria) was bombed in Kano on
Thursday, barely 24 hours after the
attack on several base stations in Borno,
Yobe, Bauchi and Gombe states.

According to the ALTON president,
Gbenga Adebayo, an emergency
meeting of the association’s executives
had been called for today (Friday) to
decide on what next to do. He says, “If it
becomes impossible to continue to do
business in the face of rising attacks on
telecoms sites, operators will naturally
suspend operations in the area… This is
because beyond base stations, these
elements may begin to target telecoms
operators‘ offices and data centers
among other key infrastructure. That is
why it is important that the situation is
curtailed before it gets to that point.”

Meanwhile, JTF in Borno State yesterday
said terrorists’ attacks on telecom masts
were designed to “disrupt”
communication services and prevent
residents from providing information
on the activities of gunmen to the
military and the police so that they can
protect life and property.

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