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POOR NETWORK: Senate begins probe of telcos

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POOR NETWORK: Senate begins probe of telcos

The Senate, on Tuesday, instructed its joint committees on Communications and Trade & Investment to investigate increasing rate of dropped calls and other unwholesome practices by telecommunication network operators in Nigeria.

The Senate also mandated the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to “invoke the appropriate provisions of the law and other extant agreements to protect consumers where necessary and to refund henceforth for disrupted calls caused by network issues and allow them have more control over their usage of data bundles as practiced by telecommunications operators in countries like Kenya and South Africa.”

NCC, the Consumer Protection Council, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria and other regulatory agencies, have also been mandated to carry out effective supervision of the telecommunications service providers, to ensure regulatory excellence, operational efficiency and sterling service delivery.

Beyond the marching orders, the Senate has also directed the NCC and other relevant agencies to carry out a thorough investigation of the causes of dropped calls in the network and come up with innovations that will improve customer experiences.

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In a motion sponsored by Senator Andy Uba, titled “The increasing rate of dropped calls and other unwholesome practices by the telecommunication network operators in Nigeria that have robbed Nigerians of their hard earned billions of naira”, the Senate noted that poor telecommunications services have gradually become an integral part of the Nigerian economy.

It also described it as an important tool in the social-economic life of Nigerians over the last decade. It said Nigerians experience a disturbing and increasing rate of dropped calls, despite huge rates charged by operators.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, while speaking on the issue, urged “the committee on Communications to look into the complaints. This has been going on for a while. Millions of Nigerian subscribers must get value for their money. This is a good motion.”

Other lawmakers, including Senators Shehu Sani, Barnabas Gemade and Ovie Omo-Agege, condemned the sharp practices in the telecommunications sector of the economy.

Senator Uba, while making his case, said: “Though service providers have continued to expand their network coverage beyond what their existing infrastructure could carry, no adequate provision has been made to improve service delivery.

“A recent investigation shows that the four major operators could not provide the rate of drop calls on their networks. They appear not to see the reason to compensate their customers for disconnected calls or address their frustrations.

“Operators in the telecommunications industry have not invested substantially on their network to improve the quality of service rendered, a clear case of investment not keeping pace with contemporary needs.”

 

 

 

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  1. seyi jelili

    June 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    This is a serious issue, sincerely the Senate should not only investigate this matter but order them to pay back all their subscribers all inconveniences , I have loaded my Glo line since last week but have not enjoy a 10mins of good browsing.

    • Abeni Adebisi

      June 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      This is not the right place to complain about your browsing data, why didn’t you call Glo’s customer care to first complain and see what they’d do to it. Senate is dealing with general telecoms issues that’s affecting all Nigerians not personal issues like yours

      • JOHNSON PETER

        June 6, 2017 at 5:23 pm

        You are a mumu , it’s personal issue that culminates into general issues, you think if the Senate are not experiencing bad network, you think they would have sat over this issue? Not at all, they are not nice to that extent

  2. Animashaun Ayodeji

    June 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    After senate’s investigation, the lawmakers should hand them over to the EFCC for proper fraud probing, the fraud going on in the telecoms sector isn’t more than what we have in the public sector

  3. Anita Kingsley

    June 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    MTN is the greatest thief of them all, the company should be investigated specially because all they do is dupe customer service and still act like they are helping us.

    • Balarabe musa

      June 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      All of the four major networks :mtn, Glo, airtel and etisalat are all guilty of this. They need to pay back all customers in a tangible way.

      • yanju omotodun

        June 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        You better go buy more airtime to make calls because they won’t pay back anything

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