Saturday, April 21, 2018

NCC Sets Deadline for MTN to Pay the N1.6 Trillion Fine


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fixed 16 November as deadline for MTN to pay the fine of N1.4, the commission has imposed on the telecom giant for infringing on the rules for the registration of Subscribers’ Identification Modules.

NCC has recently fined MTN a sum of N1.4 trillion for failing to deactivate 5.2million SIM cards which either have not been registered or are not properly registered and for keeping these unregistered cards.

It could be recalled that NCC has ordered all the telecom and mobile phone network service providers in the country to registered all subscribers or deactivate any unregistered line. The directives resulted from the advice issued to the commission by the securities agencies combating criminals such as kidnappers, militancy, terrorism and the likes.

MTN and other telecom industries in the country have already started registering their subscribers but the company could not meet the registration deadline set by the commission. The commission fined the telecom giant a whopping sum of N1.4 trillion for the total number of SIMs not registered at all or not properly registered.

Though MTN has issued a statement saying it is in talk with Commission over the issue, NCC has given MTN until 16 November to clear the fine.

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