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Fuel scarcity might ground Nigeria mobile telcos

25 May 2015, 08:36Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Some mobile network operators are bearing the brunt of the ongoing fuels shortages in the country.

Airtel Nigeria, one of the local firms, expressed concern if the situation persisted, it might have adverse effects on the network, impacting both voice and data services.

“Airtel Networks Limited wishes to inform our customers and the general public that the prevailing situation in the country regarding the scarcity of diesel and other petroleum products is presently impacting negatively, our commitments to delivering best-in-class quality of service and seamless telephony experience to all Nigerians,” the company stated.

It added that the telecommunication company is doing everything within to ensure that their base stations and switches kept running.

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“We are currently doing everything within our means as well as going the extra mile to ensure that all our base stations and switches are up and running, it is sad to note that it is becoming increasingly difficult to replenish current stock of diesel due to the lingering scarcity of the products.”

The telecommunications company assured its customers it would continue working with all partners and stakeholders to mitigate any negative impact.

“Airtel wishes to assure all customers that we will continue working with all our partners and stakeholders to mitigate any negative impact as we remain committed to our promise of providing exceptional services just as we seek the cooperation and understanding of all whilst apologizing for any inconvenience at this time.”

At the weekend, MTN, the country’s biggest operator, also hinted at operations coming to a halt with the continued shortages.

The country’s main cities are facing acute shortages as importers feel the pinch of a plummeting local currency, tighter credit lines and unpaid government subsidies.

- CAJ News

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