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MTN denies opposing interception draft bill

15 May 2013, 15:06

Lagos - Nigeria's largest mobile network operator, MTN, has vehemently denied calling for a review of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) draft policy on Lawful Interception, a senior official has confirmed.

MTN also dismissed claims that it was reluctant to embrace the country's Mobile Number Portability (MNP), describing such allegations coming from the mainstream Nigeria media as baseless, unfounded and unsubstantiated.

Responding to questions from CAJ News, MTN Nigeria's General Manager for Corporate Affairs, Funmilayo Omogbenigun, said at no time had MTN called on the NCC to review the draft policy on Lawful Interception.

"We do not know where this idea is coming from and we hope that you are kind enough to use your platform to communicate that MTN has no fears concerning MNP.

"MNP is a concept that we are familiar with given that a number of other affiliates of the MTN Group are operating in jurisdictions where it exists.

"MTN Nigeria was fully technically prepared for MNP well before it commenced and we have always expressed our support of it. Our view is that MNP will stimulate innovation. It is  one of our core values and we have always thrived on it," Omogbenigun said.

Turning to MTN's alleged call for the review of NCC's draft policy on Lawful Interception, Omogbenigun said the mobile network operator would comply with all "legitimate instruments."

"The NCC is currently consulting with stakeholders for their comments. As a law abiding corporate citizen, MTN Nigeria will comply with all legitimate instruments guiding our operations," Omogbenigun said.

Various Nigerian media houses reported that mobile network operators, among them MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat were against the new draft policy arguing that when formulated into a new law would give too much power to the commission and security agencies to arbitrarily invade the privacy of citizens.

However, CAJ established that the call was made by Joint Action on ICT Awareness and Development (JACITAD) during a one-day Review of the Draft Policy of Lawful Interception.

JACITAD is an umbrella group of technology media practitioners.

- CAJ News


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