Abuja - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined four mobile network operators a total of N53.8 million ($336,225) for contravening the provisions on pre-registration of subscriber identification module (SIM) cards in the country.
The four Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) companies comprise MTN Nigeria, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat.
The mobile operators were fined accordingly: Airtel N8.6 million,($56 225), Etisalat N5 million ($31 205), Globacom N11 million ($68 750) while MTN is to pay N29.2 million ($181 250).
NCC Hspokesman, Reuben Mouka, said the fines have to be paid within the next seven working days.
"In furtherance of the ongoing enforcement of the provisions of the Telephone Subscribers Registration Regulations 2011 of NCC, the fines imposed are based on the number of fully activated new SIM Cards that were either reported to the Commission or purchased in compliance monitoring and enforcement exercises conducted by the Commission, and validated by the offending network," Mouka said.
He said 43 pre-registered SIM cards were identified on the Airtel network, Etisalat had 25 pre-registered SIM cards, Globacom with 55 while MTN had the largest total of 146 pre-registered simcards.
"The service providers were given up to seven days within which to pay the fine, failure of which attracts N500,000 ( $3,125) for any additional day that the contravention persists,” Mouka said.
- CAJ News