MTN Nigeria has said it will join other industry stakeholders to discuss the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) directive to mobile network operators (MNOs) to suspend the sale, registration and activation of new SIM cards. In a press statement, MTN said it has complied with the directive and is committed to working with the NCC to complete a planned SIM audit, but will join other industry stakeholders in a meeting with Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Pantami ‘to chart a course of action’.
Last week the NCC said it was suspending the registration of new SIM cards by mobile operators while it embarks on a new audit of the Subscriber Registration Database. The objective of the audit exercise is to verify and ensure compliance by MNOs with the set quality standards and requirements of SIM registration guidelines. As such, MNOs were directed to immediately suspend the sale, registration and activation of new SIM cards until the audit exercise is concluded. Non-compliance with the NCC’s directive could lead to sanctions, including the withdrawal of an operator’s licence.