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MTN to Start a Legal Battle with NCC over Huge Fine

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MTN Nigeria which is a South African owned country is not satisfied with the huge fine slammed on the company by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) despite the reduction of the fine from $5.2 billion to $3.9 billion. The company has said that it would take NCC to court to challenge the fine.

It could be recalled that NCC slammed MTN with a fine which initially was more than USB$5 Billion. MTN has entered into discussion with NCC requesting for reduction. NCC granted their request reducing the amount to $3.9. The commission gave MTN until the last day of this year to pay the fine.

MTN has issued a statement on Thursday saying that it would challenge the fine. According to the statement, the telecom industry relying on legal advice has come to a conclusion that the way in which the fine was imposed does not accord with the powers of NCC. The company stated categorically that there were valid grounds to go to court over the fine saying that the company’s lawyers will initiate a legal procedure in the Lagos High Court against NCC over the fine.

However, the company mentioned in the statement that it would keep negotiating with the Nigerian authorities to ensure that the problem is resolved amicable.

There was confusion regarding the reduction as MTN received two letters of fine reduction notification from NCC with each of the letters having two different figures. NCC has clarified the issue saying that there was a calculation error.