MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has said its USD1.3 billion network modernisation project has been affected by recent flooding across 17 states, as well as insecurity in the north west of the country. ‘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,’ local newspaper Leadership quotes MTN Nigeria’s corporate services executive Wale Goodluck, and general manager of corporate communications, Funmi Omogbenigun, as saying. MTN is upgrading and replacing key network components across the country to enhance capacity and improve service quality, in a project involving over 4,000 of MTN’s 10,000 base stations in Nigeria. Goodluck revealed that ‘several swap-outs have reached very advanced stages of completion’, but warned that insecurity has seriously affected the pace of work in some parts of the country, and has caused disruption of service for some MTN customers over the last few weeks. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that South Africa-based MTN Nigeria had a total of 43.18 million wireless subscribers at 30 June 2012, corresponding to a 42.4% share of Nigeria’s total 101.9 million cellular users.
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