Business SIM Cards Pre-registration: NCC Fines MTN, Etisalat, Others N120 Million


Temitope Akinola
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has placed a fine of N120.4 million on MTN, Etisalat, Airtel and Globacom for having incomplete and pre-registered SIM cards in their systems.


This is final showdown as the NCC had on August 3, 2015 issued a 7-day ultimatum to all telecommunications operators (Telcos) and other network providers to deactivate pre-registered SIM cards and complete registration of improperly registered SIM cards in their systems.

The notice of the fine was contained in a document titled, “Re: Monitoring of Status Compliance with Stakeholders Resolution of August 4, 2015 on Deactivation of Incomplete and Improperly Registered SIM Cards-Notice of Sanction.”

The document which was jointly signed by the head of compliance and monitoring unit, Efosa Idehen and head of legal and regulatory services, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta, requested the telcos to variously pay N120.4 million for failing to fully comply with the commission's directive.