If you are Nigeria, and you have been registering your SIM cards with vendors who operate under an umbrella, you have just cost your preferred network a huge some. Why is that so?
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined the four major network operators in the country (Airtel, MTN, Glo and 9mobile) a total of N74m for various infractions.
Before this recent development, the NCC had in 2018 highlighted some non-compliance by the network providers… among which is the quality of service; approval for promotions and advertisements; and SIM registration in a controlled environment, among others.”
According to NCC, the telecom companies were fined for SIM registration infractions, unapproved promos and advertisements, and failure to provide information on collapsed towers.
All the network operators were found guilty of SIM registration outside a controlled environment by NCC, hence the fine.
The NCC consequently placed a fine of N60m and gave them a deadline of September 14, 2018, to pay. The report indicates that MTN was asked to pay N5m; Airtel N20m; Glo N30m; and 9mobile N5m.
The telecoms regulator had in 2017 instructed operators to stop registering SIM cards under umbrellas, kiosks or other uncontrolled environments.
Some of the telecom company themselves involved in some promotions that were not approved by the NCC, this increase the amount of fine paid by them. For example.
9mobile got a total fine of N4m for two different promotions – My 9mobile App and ZTE MF910 4 G Mi-Fi promotions – both of which were unapproved by the commission.
Globacom was also fined N2m for an unapproved advert tagged ‘Enjoy non-stop browsing this season of love.’ For its ‘E-Top-Up 8X Bonus’ promo, the NCC, noting that it was not approved and violated the floor price, fined the company a total of N4m for the two infractions.
Globacom was also fined N2m for its failure to provide information regarding its collapsed masts in two sites situated in Jalingo, Taraba State.
MTN was fined N2m for not seeking regulatory approval for its ‘Yafun Yafun SIM’ promotion.