MTN Nigeria has come out with its estimated expenses on diesel annually. According to the telecoms giant, about N8 billion worth of diesel is needed yearly to run their telecoms installations, especially the Base Station Transceiver Stations (BTS).
The cost, according to MTN Nigeria’s Corporate Services Executive, Mr Akinwale Goodluck was incurred annually to purchase diesel due to the absence of stable public electricity supply.
Goodluck lamented the inadequate supply of light which chopped off 60 percent of its operation cost of doing business in the country despite the fact that its operations depend wholly on stable power source, added that the telecom company has continued to stagger under heavy cost of diesel used to run generating sets at their cell sites.
MTN which was the sole sponsor of this year’s Nigerian Civil Service Day at the occasion in Abuja, deployed generating sets to power its base stations and BTS sites for about 17 to 20 hours a day.
Confirming the huge cost of running base stations operations by the operators, Goodluck maintained that power issues had, indeed, necessitated the operator’s decision to install two generators at each of their sites.
“The huge amount spent on diesel, generating sets and other associated expenses could otherwise be spent on network expansion towards providing better services to the growing telecoms consumers. What we spend on diesel in Nigeria is two or three times higher than what we spend in other African countries,” he said.
Though, he said the population of the country is also a challenge which could have been surmounted if the proper amenities are on ground, he disclosed that the telecom company is seeking to partner with small operators for better services. “Our efforts to positively contribute to people’s lives are clear in the products and services we provide. This is how we create sustainable economic value for both our business and stakeholders.”
By Pita Ochai