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MTN Nigeria fined $5.2 billion for failing to register users

26 October 2015, 18:50

Lagos - MTN Nigeria has been fined $5.2 billion for failing to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered cellphone subscribers.

The stock of the South African-based company fell 14 percent on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday's news.

The Nigerian Communications Commission confirmed the penalty based on 200,000 naira ($1,000) for each cellphone SIM card that had not been registered by its August deadline.

Also read: MTN Nigeria refutes staff dismissal rumours 

MTN promised a statement later Monday. The $5.2 billion is at least two average years' profit for MTN Nigeria, by far the MTN Group's most lucrative subsidiary, and nearly three times the $1.8 billion that it has invested in Nigeria, according to the company's website.

MTN says it has about 62 million customers among Nigeria's 170 million people.

- AP


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