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#EndSARS: Service Providers Might Lose Subscribers Amidst Ongoing Protests

Tunbosun Oyinloye

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#EndSARS: Mobile Subscriber May Hit a Dip amidst Ongoing Protest

Service Providers in Nigeria may record a decline in mobile subscribers as the nationwide #EndSARS movement continues.

The last 14 days have been filled with unprecedented events, most of which are unpleasant and detrimental to societal peace.

Telcos, among other services, have had their fair share of the negativities that comes with the ongoing protest.

For one, many mobile subscribers have complained about poor network services in the past few days.

In a press statement released via a Twitter tweet, MTN confirmed that it lost an auxiliary power supply in a particular area.

According to the statement, MTN affirmed that the jurisdiction of the Lekki, Oniru, and Victoria Island of Lagos experienced service challenges.

#EndSARS: Mobile Subscriber May Hit a Dip amidst Ongoing Protest

Source: Twitter (MTN)

According to the service provider, “this is due to the loss of auxiliary power supply at a hub site in the area.

Other than the aforementioned areas, several other parts of Lagos and the other states experienced similar challenges.

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An obvious reason for this is because of the impacts of the ongoing protest.

Additionally, there have been speculations of possible internet shut down.

In a scenario where a shutdown is not possible, the best shot is to disrupt online communication.

Anyways, that’s still speculation that’s up for debate as it appears to be the case.

Impact on mobile subscribers

Mobile subscription in Nigeria recently surpassed the 200 million mark.

This was, however, unsurprising as there has been a steady upsurge in terms of subscription.

The service providers have collectively recorded an average of 4 million new subscribers’ month-on-month since May.

#EndSARS: Mobile Subscriber May Hit a Dip amidst Ongoing Protest

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This unprecedented boost is thanks to the quality and competitive network provision by the various ISPs.

However, the narrative hasn’t been the same this month, especially since the commencement of the nationwide protests.

With the possibility of a decline in mobile subscription looming, broadband penetration may also slow down.

#EndSARS: Mobile Subscriber May Hit a Dip amidst Ongoing Protest

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Recall that the broadband penetration rose to 43.30% from 42.02% during September.

However, these numbers could possibly drag for October as network disruption persists.

What people have to say

There has been a lot of conversation around the possible course of the terrible network.

Below are what people have to say so far:

While the network disruption continues across the board, MTN offered a piece of advice in one of its tweets.

The service provider advised any user experiencing network difficulty to “remove the SIM from the phone and insert it back.”

It further added that people with such constraints to switch to broadband network mode (3G/4G).

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In conclusion

The various Nigeria network services haven’t been at their best for days now.

This continuous disruption in the provision of quality network services may lead to a dip in October’s mobile subscription.

Oyinloye Bosun is a writer at Techuncode. Although not a gadget freak, he has a keen interest in familiarizing himself with every technology product - software or hardware. He also loves to arm himself with the knowledge of tech activities/events taking place both on the Local and International scenes. The provision of the above has pushed him to choose writing as a profession. Wondering if he has a hubby? Yes! He loves streaming tech-related podcasts in his spare time.

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