Nigeria has directed all telecommunications corporations, together with giants akin to Airtel and MTN, to cease promoting SIM playing cards whereas it audits rule compliance, in accordance with an announcement from the Nigeria Communications Fee.
The assertion didn’t point out how lengthy the audit would take however mentioned the NCC might grant exemptions “the place it’s completely essential.”
“Cellular Community Operators (MNOs) are hereby directed to right away droop the sale, registration and activation of latest SIM Playing cards till the audit train is concluded, and authorities has conveyed the brand new path,” the assertion mentioned.
It mentioned the audit would test whether or not firms have been complying with SIM card registration guidelines.
Nigeria created the SIM card registration guidelines in an try to cease terrorists and criminals from utilizing unregistered SIM playing cards.
Different Nigerian carriers affected by the announcement embrace 9Mobile and Globacom Ltd.
MTN mentioned it stopped the sale, registration and activation of SIM playing cards as directed. “We remorse the inconvenience it will trigger a few of our prospects and are dedicated to working with the NCC to finish the deliberate audit in an environment friendly and seamless method”.
Airtel didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
In 2015, the communications regulator handed MTN Nigeria a 1.04 trillion naira high quality for failing to disconnect unregistered SIM playing cards, however MTN negotiated a diminished high quality to clear its path to record on the Nigerian Inventory Trade.