‘We may increase tariffs’ — telcos union laments insecurity and high energy costs

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Telcos under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) say they are considering an upward review of tariffs.

According to the telcos, the development is due to the rising cost of diesel and its implications for the cost of doing business.

They also said the security situation in the country has made it unsafe to send out service personnel to some parts of the country, thereby hampering their operations.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday night, Gbenga Adebayo, ALTON chairman, called for government intervention in the telecommunications sector.

He said unless there is an intervention, operators will have no choice but to begin a process of price review.

“We will continue to provide services but we are concerned about the high costs. Without government intervention, we may consider increasing tariffs to reflect current realities,” Adebayo said.

“We can’t just wake up and increase prices. There are regulatory procedures that we need to follow to review prices. We may consider following those steps to commence the process of price review.”