Telecoms Operators Bar Subscribers from Network Services

Sequel to the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum handed down to the telecoms by the regulator of the telecoms industry, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to deactivate subscriber identity modules (SIMs) registered irregularly by the operators, many telephone subscribers were thrown into confusion yesterday as their telephone lines were barred from either making or receiving calls by their mobile network operators (MNOs).

Read: Telecom Operators Get 7-day Ultimatum to Deactivate Pre-registered Lines

NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, in a statement had explained that the directive was the fallout of a meeting between Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Department of State Service (DSS), MNOs and the NCC. The meeting which took place at the NCC boardroom in Abuja, took into cognisance crimes committed against members of the public either by kidnappers, terrorists, robbers and threats to lives, through the use of unregistered SIM cards across all the networks.

As a result of this action, many subscribers of the different MNNs were abrubtly disconnected from the networks’ services and will be unable to make or recieve calls until they are properly registered.

Director, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah said the telco is complying with the directive of the NCC, insisting that it issued a press statement to that effect in the newspapers on Monday. He added that SIM registration has been on, wondering why customers should wait this long.

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