NCC not reducing MTN fine
The Nigerian Communications Commission has revealed it has given MTN Nigeria a little respite by giving it more time to pay it’s $5.2 billion fine, but insists that the figure won’t be reducing.
The fine was the second one MTN had incurred in as many months for the same offence: failure to deactivate unregistered sim cards, according to NCC spokesman Tony Ojobo.
According to Ojobo, all four Nigerian telecoms operators: Airtel, Etisalat, Globacom and MTN had all been fined for the offence after they all missed an August deadline, and were all fined various amounts from $19,000, for Airtel, to $511,000 for MTN.
Only MTN had not paid the first fine, and after an enforcement team audited the company and found 5.2 million unregistered sim cards, the NCC handed out the second fine of $1,000 per unregistered sim card.
The crack down on unregistered sim cards had begun after the law enforcement agencies had revealed that cellphones were used by terrorist group Boko Haram in detonating bombs, as well as in kidnappings and robberies.
“They (MTN) have always been flouting regulations,” Ojobo told The Associated Press. He added: “The fine remains but the appeal and other engagements with MTN may affect the payment deadline.”