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MTN CEO Compensates Subscribers With Data, Airtime Over Poor Network

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MTN Nigeria Compensates Subscribers With Data, Airtime Over Poor Network

MTN Nigeria has compensated its subscribers with free data and airtime over poor network connection.

The telecommunications service provider said the compensation was for October 9 outage.

Subscribers had experienced poor network on October 9.

The Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, announced the free data and airtime to subscribers via a text message on Sunday.

The CEO, in the message also posted on the company’s YouTube channel, apologised for the network outage.

According to him, “Last Saturday we had an outage that left our customers without connection for several hours.”

“On behalf of the entire MTN team, I want to start with a heartfelt apology.

“We are truly sorry for the disruption this caused for so many in our MTN family.

“We know that millions of people rely on us to stay connected to their loved ones, to manage their businesses, to coordinate their lives.

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“We take that responsibility and privilege, very seriously.

“That is why we are putting new measures in place to make sure we never experience anything like last Saturday again.”

Explaining the cause of the outage, the CEO said, “Our technical teams have placed the cause of the problem to an error that shifted all over 4G customers to the 3G band.

“This overloaded the 3G band, causing a domino effect that impacted the whole network. Our engineers were able to resolve the problem.”

“I know that recently, other technology companies suffered similar outages;

“I want to reassure you that last Saturday’s event is in no way connected to those outages.

“This incident was not sabotaged but a regrettable error.”

Data, airtime refund:

Toriola also said that MTN would refund the data and airtime that subscribers lost during the outage.

“While we work to strengthen our network to prevent any further disruption of this kind, we wanted to find a way to say sorry to you.

“Something more than extending the validity of all time-bound plans by 24-hours which we did as soon as service was restored.

“So, while we cannot give you back the time you lost on Saturday, we can give you back what you spent yesterday.

“Every customer on the MTN network has received a refund of the data and airtime they used between 12 noon and 7:00 pm yesterday.

“We hope that this should show how much we value you, our customer. You are truly our most important focus.

“We all have challenges — each and every one of us; personally or professionally.

“What matters is how we respond. With you by our side, we will continue to improve and grow,” he said.

Implication:

Although many subscribers of the network lost enough data and airtime, this compensation is clearly a welcome development.

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)

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