SIM reg­is­tra­tion flout: Tel­cos yet to pay N120m fine

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The big four tele­coms op­er­a­tors in the coun­try are yet to pay the N120mil­lion fine slammed on them by the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) for flout­ing its or­der on SIM reg­is­tra­tion, Daily Trust has learnt. NCC fined MTN, Air­tel, Globa­com and Eti­salat a to­tal of N120.4 mil­lion for hav­ing in­com­plete and pre­reg­is­tered SIM cards in their sys­tems early last month. The tele­coms in­dus­try reg­u­la­tor had on Au­gust 3, 2015, is­sued a 7-day ul­ti­ma­tum to all the tel­cos and other net­work providers to de­ac­ti­vate pre-reg­is­tered SIM cards and com­plete reg­is­tra­tion of im­prop­erly reg­is­tered SIMs on their net­works or face sanc­tions. A doc­u­ment with the ti­tle “Re: Mon­i­tor­ing of Sta­tus Com­pli­ance with Stake­hold­ers Res­o­lu­tion of Au­gust 4, 2015 on De­ac­ti­va­tion of In­com­plete and Im­prop­erly Reg­is­tered SIM Cards-No­tice of Sanc­tion” jointly signed by the head of com­pli­ance and mon­i­tor­ing unit, Efosa Ide­hen and head of le­gal and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices, Ye­tunde Akin­loye, on be­half of the ex­ec­u­tive vice chair­man of the Com­mis­sion, Prof Umar Dan­batta asked the tel­cos to var­i­ously pay N120.4 mil­lion for fail­ing to fully com­ply with the com­mis­sion’s di­rec­tive. But the tele­coms op­er­a­tors are yet to pay the fine as at Fri­day, a source at NCC told our re­porter yesterday. The NCC source who asked not to be named said the tel­cos’ re­fusal to pay might not be un­con­nected with new Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count (TSA) pol­icy. “But we hope they will pay any mo­ment from now be­cause we have just an­nounced how paid should be made to us”, the source said. NCC’s Di­rec­tor, Public Af­fairs, Mr Tony Ojobo could not be reached on phone yesterday. A public re­la­tions of­fi­cer of one of op­er­a­tors also con­firmed that his com­pany has yet to pay as at Fri­day.

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