NCC sets Nov 16 fine deadline for MTN

NCC sets Nov 16 fine deadline for MTN

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said Thursday it has set a November 16 deadline for South African mobile giant MTN to pay a $5.2 billion fine for failing to disconnect unregistered SIM cards. “The deadline set for the payment of the fine is November 16,” NCC spokesman Tony Ojobo told AFP.

“The key issue is if MTN breached the law or not. Certainly, there was a breach. And if there is a breach, we will apply the law.” Early in August the NCC issued a directive to mobile telecoms companies operating in Nigeria to deactivate all unregistered SIM cards within seven days or face severe sanctions.

MTN — Africa’s largest telecoms firm — missed the deadline to deactivate its 5.1 million unregistered subscribers, prompting a 200,000-naira ($1,000) fine for each unregistered SIM. Read more

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