Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ruled that MTN Nigeria, the nation’s biggest mobile phone operator by subscriber numbers, owned by South Africa’s MTN Group, be handed the biggest sanction ever witnessed in the Nigerian telecoms market.
MTN Nigeria will pay the landmark fine for allegedly undermining efforts by the Nigerian government to tackle security challenges and the war on terror and allied crimes, as the telecoms operator has allegedly refused to deactivate unregistered mobile phone lines on its network, NCC says.
People conversant with situation at the Abuja headquarters of NCC say the telecoms regulator reckon that MTN Nigeria’s alleged disobedience of earlier directives to deactivate unregistered mobile phone lines on its network significantly opened the country to grave security threats.
Following the regulatory sanction, MTN Nigeria will be made to pay the sum of one trillion naira and forty billion, and may possibly face other sanction as the matter was also directed to the Directorate of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Army, and the Presidency, in what may suggest a broader spread of consequences for the telecoms company.
Technology Times sources reckon that by copying other security and law enforcement authorities in the country, there are fears of other consequences beyond the landmark punitive fines for the telecoms company.
Credit: Technology Times