MTN joins fight against pre-registered SIMs
TELECOMS| July 10, 2012, 9:38 a.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
MTN Nigeria has joined forces with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to combat the illegal sale of pre-registered SIM cards in Nigeria.
Akinwale Goodluck, Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, said: “MTN is working closely with the regulator and the relevant law enforcement agencies to stamp out this dangerous trend.”
“We have zero tolerance for the sales of pre-reregistered SIMs or any activity that contravenes laid-down procedure as advised by the NCC,” he added.
Goodluck noted that subscriber SIM registration, which is the process of capturing and recording personal details of a subscriber, is aimed at helping the company know its customers better and to support the government in safeguarding the public against acts of insecurity perpetrated by elements who seek to take advantage of the anonymity offered by prepaid mobile phones to commit crimes.
He revealed that this record of subscriber details including name, date of birth, gender, address, phone number, the subscriber’s picture (face) and fingerprints, assists MTN to segment its customers better and to design bespoke products and services to further enrich their lives. It will also aid the relevant security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police, to track and prosecute criminal elements.
The Corporate Services Executive disclosed that MTN is constantly monitoring activities on the registration boxes, at the back end, with a view to isolating pre-registered SIMs. The company then promptly reverses suspected pre-registered SIMs to a ‘receive only’ status, while sending SMS to holders of such SIMs to register their SIMs properly before the lines would be reactivated.
He called on prospective telephone users to enter MTN appointed offices to carry out all SIM related activities including purchase, and SWAP and to shun activities of touts who sell pre-registered SIM cards.
MTN Nigeria remains fully compliant with all directives from the NCC concerning the SIM Registration process and would continue to work hand-in-hand with the Nigerian Police to bring perpetrators to book, he reiterated.
Recently, the commission embarked on a comprehensive enforcement campaign against the sale of pre-registered SIM cards following alerts in the media. Several people have since been arrested and will soon be prosecuted.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
Airtel emerges top Social Media brand in KenyaAirtel has been recognized as the top Social Media Brand in Kenya by the Africa Brand Index, a listing of the most successful brands in Africa on social media, according to key metrics such as community growth, content engagement, sentiment and dozens of others. Read More
How NCC will tackle service quality: Prof DanbattaThe Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, says the Commission will take steps to address issues of such as multiple taxation, vandalism and others to ensure that the quality of service (QoS) headache becomes a thing of the past in the country. Read More
MTN, Liquid Telecom partner in AfricaMTN Group and Liquid Telecom have partnered to jointly offer customers access to the largest fixed and wireless footprint across the continent. Read More
Danbatta constitutes service quality Task ForceWorried by the general outcry about declining Quality of Service (QoS), in the telecommunications sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend set up a 9-member Task Force to proffer solutions to this problem. Read More
MTN’s position on Competition Commission rulingMTN has responded to the recommendation by the South African Competition Commission that the proposed MTN and Telkom transaction be prohibited. Read More
MTN Business presents the first Supplier Development Programme workshop to Gauteng entrepreneursMTN Business conducted the first Supplier Development Programme (SDP) and Accelerator Programme (AP) workshop at its headquarters in Johannesburg. Read More
Telecom Namibia slams network vandalsTelecom Namibia has expressed concern over an upsurge of network vandalism impacting its fibre optic network. Read More
Mascom myzaka promo ends on high noteThe Mascom Recharge 4 Zaka promotion has just ended with 36 lucky winners walking away with cash, airtime and phones to the total value of P358,000.00 (About $44 750.00). Read More
Tigo customers live the Digital Experience at Expo 2015Tigo Rwanda has brought the real digital lifestyle to thousands of visitors at the International Trade Fair 2015 – EXPO 2015 in Kigali. Read More
FEATURED STORYYoung innovators shine during pitch sessions
Botswana saw an array of upcoming tech wizards selling their ideas during the Vendors’ Day pitch sessions this week.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHHigh tech homes: Just press play
High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.