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MTN has paid N165 billion out of N330 billion Nigeria fine – NCC

10 Apr 2018, 07:44 pm
Financial Nigeria
MTN has paid N165 billion out of N330 billion Nigeria fine – NCC

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MTN Nigeria made an initial commitment of N50 billion to the government and agreed to pay the remaining N280 billion in six tranches.


The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta on Monday announced that MTN has paid half of the N330 billion fine.

The announcement was made when the South African MTN Group, led by the Chairman of its Nigerian subsidiary, Pascal Dozie, visited the NCC Abuja office.

The NCC in October 2015 sanctioned MTN Nigeria and imposed a fine of N1.04 trillion for non-compliance to government directive to deactivate unregistered SIM cards and for not disconnecting lines not properly registered in its network within the stipulated deadline.

The sanction was, however, appealed and several negotiations were made, including diplomatic intervention by the South African government. As a result, the fine was reduced to N330 billion.

MTN Nigeria made an initial commitment of N50 billion to the government and agreed to pay the remaining N280 billion in six tranches.

According to Danbatta, MTN has adhered to the agreement. “Just last month, March, we received a cheque of N55 billion from MTN as part of the fine payment plan,” he said. This has brought the total fine payment made to N165 billion. “That is about half of the fine,” the NCC EVC said.

He reiterated that the aim of the fine is to ensure the rules of engagement are respected and not business as usual. It is also to ensure that operators adhere to the rules governing the telecom sector.

The visit was to cement the relationship between MTN and NCC. Mr. Dozie had in an earlier statement said that MTN Nigeria was one of the largest contributors to the economy.

He therefore appealed to NCC to further open up the ICT space and improve the country’s economy by auctioning more spectra.


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