SIM Deactivation Saga: NCC Fines Globacom, Etisalat N14.4m

Following the contravention of its directive on SIM card deactivation, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has sanctioned Globacom and Etisalat a total of N14.4 million.

NCC insisted that the fine must be paid on or before September 7, 2015, and that failure to do so, would attract an additional fine of N100,000 per day for each of the operators, as long as the complete fine remained unpaid.

A breakdown of the N14.4 million fine shows that while Globacom would pay N7.4 million, Etisalat would pay N7 million, totalling N14.4 million fine for both operators.

NCC is however silent on MTN and Airtel, an indication that they might have complied strictly to NCC’s directives to deactivate all pre-registered SIM cards on their networks, for security reasons.

NCC had on August 4, 2015, directed all telecoms operators to commence deactivation of pre-registered SIM cards and gave them seven days to do so or face sanction. At the expiration of the seven day ultimatum, which ended August 11, 2015, NCC commenced monitoring for compliance, and warned that any operator found wanting, shall be sanctioned according to the number of pre-registered SIM cards found on its network. In keeping to its words as a strict regulator, the NCC decided to fine Globacom and Etisalat, based on the findings from its monitoring team.

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