The operating costs of telecommunication companies in Nigeria rose from N1.4tn in 2020 to N1.66tn in 2021, showing an increase of N265.25bn.
This is according to the ‘2021 Subscriber/Network Data Annual Report’ by the Nigerian Communications Commission.
The report read in part, “Total operating cost for the mobile network operators increased from N1,395,000,000,000 in 2020 to N1,658,235,000,000 at the end of 2021. This illustrates an increase of 18.74 per cent from the figure reported in 2020.”
In April this year, telecommunication providers under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria said the rising cost of diesel had impacted negatively on their operational costs, while asking the Federal Government for special interventions.
The President, ALTON, Mr Gbenga Adebayo, said that the industry was worried about how the rising cost of diesel would further drive the high cost of business.
He stated that there was a need for an intervention to save the sector, noting that operators might have no other choice but to begin a process of price review.
He said, “Diesel is now very expensive, from N250 to over N700. All network planning, operational expenses, and planned projection for the year is based on the fact diesel prices. This has increased. Today, you know the implication of that. This is one problem; cost has gone up.”