Any telecommunications operator that fails to disconnect unregistered Subscriber Identity Module cards from its network in line with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission will have to pay N200,000 fine per SIM if detected.
The Assistant Director, NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, revealed this to newsmen yesterday.
“For a SIM card that an operator refuses to disconnect after the June 30 deadline, the operator will pay N200,000,” he said.
The penalty is similar to that which the operators deemed to be frustrating porting processes under the Mobile Number Portability scheme will pay on every frustrated line because the NCC has also pegged the penalty for MNP abuses at N200,000 per line.
Confirming this, Muoka said, “The penalty is like that of number portability where operators are required to pay N200,000 as fine for not allowing a subscriber that wants to port to do so.”
Ten days after the expiration of the SIM card registration deadline, there are still indications that some telecoms operators have yet to disconnect unregistered SIMs on their networks.
Some that claimed to have disconnected unregistered SIMs, it was learnt, only partially implemented the NCC directive by disconnecting a few SIMs.
The Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Ubale Maska, in a recent letter to telecoms operators, cautioned them to either commence deactivation of unregistered SIMs on their networks, or face heavy sanction.