By Bidemi Olubunmi –
Four of the biggest mobile operators in Nigeria, Etisalat, Globacom, MTN and Airtel are currently counting their losses as about N251.94 million ($1.25m) are lost in daily revenue due to all deactivated mobile lines with unregistered, or improperly registered, subscriber information since the exercise commenced on 7 September, eyeonthenews.com reports.
The Nigerian telecom operators were ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, to deactivate 37.79 million mobile phone lines as part of a move to eradicate the Boko Haram insurgency within three months.
The move, according to the government, is designed to hit the terrorist group, which uses mobiles to co-ordinate mass atrocities.
This is according to a report by TechForge via Telecompaper. The report reveals that four of the biggest mobile operators in the country, MTN, Airtel, Glo, and Etisalat, all deactivated mobile lines with unregistered or improperly registered subscriber.
A report from ITNewsAfrica, reveals that Etisalat had the most improperly-registered lines and 19.46 million deactivation, followed by MTN (18.6 mln), Airtel (7.4 mln) and Glo (2.33 mln).
The report reveals that the decision to deactivate mobile lines was made after a meeting between network operators, telecom regulator NCC, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and Department of State Service (DSS).