MTN unable to cope with demand

26 Feb 2004

Nigerian wireless operator MTN has said it is finding it hard to cope with the demand for subscriptions to its GSM network, to the extent that it has had to stop signing up new customers until problems with network capacity and congestion can be improved. Despite increasing the number of base stations in its network from 560 to 733 in the final three months of 2003, MTN stopped selling SIM packs on 12 December and is not due to recommence selling new subscriptions until the end of February. The operator added 269,000 new customers in the last quarter of 2003 to take its total to 1.6 million.

Nigeria, MTN Nigeria,

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