MTN launches SIM registration campaign, plans LTE rollout

18 Jan 2016

MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has launched a campaign for the re-registration of its more than 60 million users, reports local newspaper the Daily Trust, citing MTN Nigeria’s new CEO Ferdi Moolman. Subscribers are being invited in batches to register their details at the firm’s SIM registration centres across the country. Last October MTN was fined by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for failing to meet a deadline to disconnect around 5.1 million unregistered subscribers. The NGN1.04 trillion (USD5.2 billion) penalty was subsequently reduced by 25% to NGN780 billion, but MTN failed to meet the 31 December 2015 payment deadline set by the NCC, and is now challenging the fine in the Federal High Court in Lagos.

In a separate development, Leadership Nigeria quotes Moolman as saying that MTN Nigeria is developing a framework for the integration of CDMA network operator Visafone, which was acquired by the South African group earlier this month. According to the executive, the new framework will include the roll out of 4G LTE services in key cities within the next twelve months.

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