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Number porting: MTN, Globacom pay N34m ‘non-compliance’ fine  

Number porting: MTN, Globacom pay N34m ‘non-compliance’ fine  
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The Nigerian Communications Commission says that MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, the biggest mobile network and Globacom Limited, the Second National Operator (SNO), have paid a total of N34 million fine for alleged rule breach on number porting, which allows mobile phone subscribers to retain their unique number when they switch service provider.

NCC also says it is commencing enforcement actions against 26 telecoms companies to recover spectrum fees owed government by the affected companies.

The telecoms watchdog did not provide details of the alleged breach by the two telecoms companies, but only reported that out of the N34 million fine for number porting breach, Globacom paid heftier chunk of N22 million.

On the other hand, MTN Nigeria, which is at the centre of the unprecedented N1.04 trillion fine for alleged non-registration of over 5 million of its subscribers, is again allegedly implicated in the number porting non-compliance.

This time around, MTN Nigeria was fined a total of N22 million by the telecoms watchdog.

Mike Adenuga Jnr, Chairman of Globacom
Mike Adenuga Jnr, Chairman of Globacom

“Both companies have paid up the fines”, the telecoms watchdog says in a report outlining its key compliance monitoring and enforcement activities undertaken Quarter 4, 2015.

NCC also said that it issued a public notice as a final pre-enforcement notice and warning to the companies owing spectrum fees.

According to the telecoms regulator, three companies have so far settled their outstanding spectrum fees namely: GiCell Wireless Limited, Galaxy Information Technology and Telecommunications Limited and LM Ericsson Nigeria Limited.

The telecoms watchdog says intends to commence enforcement action against 26 companies that have allegedly defaulted in payment “to recover the debt.”

According to NCC, the 26 companies affected include:

  1. INDORAMA ELEME PETROCHEMICALS LIMITED
  2. ALLIED BOND STANDARD LIMITED
  3. DISC COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
  4. ELTEL COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
  5. EM WEST AFRICA LIMITED
  6. FYBERTEL COMMUNICATIONS NIG. LIMITED
  7. GLOBAL I-BURST NIG. LIMITED
  8. GLOBAL TOUCH (W.A) LIMITED
  9. IMPERIAL TELECOMS LIMITED
  10. INDEPENDENT TELEPHONE NETWORKS LIMITED
  11. INTERNATIONAL MONITOR CO. LIMITED
  12. LT MOBILE NIG. LIMITED
  13. MIDMANE INVESTMENT LIMITED
  14. MOBITEL LIMITED
  15. OMAR COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
  16. PEACE GLOBAL SATELLITE LIMITED
  17. PREST CABLE & SATELLITE TV SYS LIMITED
  18. RAINBOWNET LIMITED
  19. RELIANCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (RELTEL)-ZOOM MOBILE
  20. RENNA TELECOMS LIMITED
  21. SAXEL LIMITED
  22. SIEMENS GROUP NIG. LIMITED
  23. SNYTEL I.G WILLS COMM. LIMITED
  24. TC AFRICA
  25. TOPCOM NIGERIA LIMITED
  26. WEBCOM NIGERIA LIMITED
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