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NCC Serves Telcos With Hefty Fines for Not Complying With Regulations

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined the four leading network operators in the country a staggering $200 000,00 for various violations.

In 2018 the NCC had spoken out about some noncompliance by the country’s network providers such as the approval for promotions and advertisements, the routing of at least 10 percent of interconnect traffic through the interconnect exchange licensees, quality of service and SIM registrations in a controlled space, among many others.

The fine, however, was primarily issued for SIM registration violations, unapproved adverts and promos and failure to come forward with information on collapsed towers.
According to the NCC, all the network operators were found guilty of registering SIM cards outside a controlled space.

The NCC issued a fine of $164 000,00 and gave the telcos a deadline of September 14 to pay.

The report states that MTN was ordered to pay $13 000; Airtel $54 000; Glo $82 000; and 9mobile $13 000.

The telecoms regulator had in 2017 ordered operators to refrain from registering SIM cards under kiosks, umbrellas or other uncontrolled environments.

Additionally, 9mobile got separately fined for two different promotions which were both approved by the commission.

Likewise, Globacom was also given an additional fine for an unapproved advert and promo. The NCC noted that these projects violated the floor price and were not approved.

Globacom got smacked with an extra fine for its failure to provide information about its collapsed towers in two different sites situated in Jalingo, Taraba State.

MTN was penalised for not seeking regulatory approval for one of its SIM promotions.

Credit: This article originated from www.nigeriacommunicationsweek.com.

 





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