The Nigerian Telecom Sector Can Breathe Again – By Elvis Eromosele
A week is a week. This is almost true in every part of the world regardless of the season. Every week is also unique. The activities, the happenings and the stories define each week.
After the verdict, Philonise Floyd, George’s brother said that he’s “able to breathe again”.
The feeling of relief was widespread. It was a sigh of relief heard around the world. We can all breathe again.
Since nature abhors a vacuum, it didn’t take long for illegal sales of pre-registered SIMs to gain ground. This is a story for another week.
Experts swore that it was an impossible mission. For in a decade, the NIMC registered less than 50 million people, how can the same organization be reasonably expected to sign on over 50 million people in under six weeks? The experts were right.
While telcos can’t be expected to complain openly, the impact was an open wound. It was visible for all to see.
The pain is equally real. Job loss. Revenue loss.
It is difficult to reconcile the government’s actions with its regulations. The situation is typical. The telecommunications industry is making massive contributions to the GDP, yet it was placed in a chokehold and left struggling to breathe.