NCC blocks over ten million incorrectly registered SIMs

24 Aug 2015

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has blocked around 10.7 million SIM cards that have been incorrectly or only partly registered with the nation’s mobile network operators, the Daily Trust reports. Efosa Ideheny, head of the watchdog’s Compliance and Monitoring Unit, said at a press conference that out of 38.78 million SIMs that were found to be incorrectly registered in an investigation launched in September 2014, around 10.7 million lines have now been barred by the NCC, following a monitoring exercise conducted across the GSM networks of MTN Nigeria, Globacom, Airtel Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria. The quartet have been ordered to deactivate the SIM cards within seven days or face sanctions from the NCC.