SIM deactivation: NCC imposes fines on Etisalat, Glo

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria 

Two Nigerian carriers, Globacom and Etisalat, have been slammed with N14.4 million in fines for failing to disconnect unregistered Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) on their networks.

The fines were imposed by the industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and must be paid by 7 September or they will start to increase by N100,000 per day.

Globacom must pay N7.4 million and Etisalat N 7 million.

According to the NCC, its monitoring team discovered 37 pre-registered SIM cards on the Globacom network and 35 such cards on the Etisalat network. NCC regulations stipulate a fine of N200,000 for every pre-registered SIM card found to be active on any telecom operator's network.

It was not clear at time of publication whether fines were imposed on the other two carriers, MTN and Airtel. The regulator had accused all the operators of non-compliance and partial compliance and threatened to come down hard on the telcos.


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