The Punch reports that the Nigerian Communications Commission is seeking to shut down the offices of GSM operators, all of whom so far have failed to pay the fines imposed on them recently.
According to the report, NCC say they won’t shut down base stations, just offices. But err, if offices are shut, how does logistics to keep base stations running get executed? Eventually, base stations will shut down too. Then we can move forward to the past that we so much cherish as a country.
My opinion? NCC should cut out the crap and find other ways to regulate apart from these fines.
Government (and NCC) failed in their obligations to these operators. Remember the promises of stable power supply, infrastructure, and stable/favourable running environments, among others? Where is the fulfillment of those promises? Truth be told, those operators are squeezing water out of rock already.
Yes; they make huge profits, but then if I have to put in more and sweat more to run a business, why shouldn’t I rake more returns?
The NCC should stop acting like a bully. Instead, ask these operators to compensate subscribers with free airtime, SMS and/or data. That’s more reasonable. This posturing won’t do. Sooner or later, it is likely to backfire.
Government themselves were unable to run a GSM operation profitably, but it is those who are making things work against all odds that are being hunted. Nice.
When eventually, the GSM operations get shut down, with what line is the NCC boss and the government he represents communicate? NITEL and Mtel’s dead lines?