NCC issues yellow card over SIMs
TELECOMS| May 1, 2012, 4:49 p.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The regulator of Nigeria’s telecom sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has warned mobile phone service providers in the country to desist from further sale of pre-registered subscriber identification modules (SIM) cards to their customers.
According to a statement endorsed by Tony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs of the NCC, the commission’s attention has been drawn to the fraudulent practice by some vendors, warning that the commission will not hesitate to allow the full weight of the law to fall on those caught in the act.
“The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has been drawn to the continuous, illegal and unauthorized sale of pre-registered New SIM Cards to members of the public by some vendors.
“It is to be noted that the Commission had earlier on issued direction that effective February 14, 2011 all new SIM cards going into the distribution/sales channels be activated as receive only and such subscribers should also be enabled to make emergency calls to emergency numbers and operators call centers for a period of thirty (30) days, and failure to register such new SIM cards within this period will render the said SIMs inactive,” Ojobo said in the statement.
According to him: “Notice is hereby given to the general public that it is illegal to sell and/or purchase pre-registered new SIM cards and that any person buying or selling pre-registered new SIM cards shall be arrested, investigated and consequently prosecuted in accordance with the laid down laws.”
He also warned network providers that they have the duty to among others: closely monitor the activities of their registration centres and ensure that their SIM cards are not pre-registered for sales; warn all their respective registration centres to desist from registering new SIM cards presented in their packs sealed.
New SIM cards should only be registered either while inserted into mobile handsets by subscribers or fully detached from their packs.
Network Service Providers will be liable for breaches by their registration centres carrying out the registration of the new SIM cards for sales, since it is the Service Providers that activate these new SIM Cards.
The Commission will hold Service Providers culpable for the activities of their registration centres for all completely packed pre-registered SIM cards retrieved from vendors during any enforcement raids. The NCC warned Service Providers to direct their registration centres to stop registering SIM cards that are fully sealed in their packs for sales and for their respective vendors to remove all pre-registered SIM cards from circulation immediately.
On the consequences of disregarding this directive, he said the consequences for pre-registering, selling or purchase of such new SIM cards may include arrest, detention, investigation, investigation, sanction and prosecution in accordance with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 and the Regulations for the registration of Telephone Subscribers 2011.
“The Commission considers it important to warn the general public and Network Service Providers that there shall be no proxy registration of New Network Service Providers or their appointed registration centres,” Ojobo warned.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
Outsourcing of telecoms towers management a win-win situation - analystsThe sale of tower assets by African telecoms operators to independent management firms is a win-win situation, according to analysts, with operators benefitting from reduced costs and the buyers obtaining potentially valuable long-term assets. Read More
Smartphones fail to break into DRC marketDespite harvesting an unprecedented success in other parts of the African continent, smartphones have failed to make any significant impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More
Zamtel, NEC in microwave transmission projectZamtel and NEC Corporation have agreed to build a new digital microwave radio transmission network to boost mobile coverage and capacity across Zambia. Read More
Nokia, oRn partner for Rwanda’s first commercial LTE networkolleh Rwanda Networks (oRn), a joint venture between the Rwandan government and KT Corporation, has chosen Nokia Networks to provide network and managed services for the country’s first commercial LTE network. Read More
Murielle Lorilloux is Vodacom Congo new MDMurielle Lorilloux, a French citizen and former Orascom Algeria marketing director, has been appointed as the new managing-director (MD) of Vodacom Congo. Read More
Africell DRC’s star performance makes headlinesAfricell is the darling of the media in DRC on the back of winning five million subscribers in under two years. Read More
Kinshasa is DRC’s mobile epicentre: reportA recent report published by market research company Target has revealed that Kinshasa, the buoyant capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the mobile epicentre – the country’s biggest market – where all cellphone companies concentrate their efforts to get their business going and win many customers. Read More
NCR urges Blu, Goldkey telecom to roll out before deadlineThe Network of Communication Reporters has urged two Broadband Wireless Access licensed companies, Blu and Goldkey Telecommunications to roll out before their 18 month deadline, which ends in November 2014. Read More
Improved power will improve telecoms services, says HuaweiChinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Limited has blamed erratic power supply from the national grid for the poor telecoms services in Nigeria. Read More
FEATURED STORYMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers
Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIG President speaks his mind
Bayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports.
COMPANY NEWSVMware announces general availability of new solutions for building, managing and protecting softwar
VMware has announced the general availability of VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite ...