The National Communications Commission (NCC) has described as untrue reports in some quarters that it singled out MTN Nigeria for penalty over non-compliance with the deadline to deactivate all subscribers’ unregistered SIM cards on its network.
The commission’s director of public affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, explained in Lagos that out of all the service providers in the country, only MTN failed to comply with the directive, adding that the commission was left with no option than to invoke the relevant provisions of law.
NCC had recently slamed a fine of N1.4 trillion on MTN for allegedly failing to disconnect 5.1 million subscribers on its network that failed to register properly.
He said: “MTN had 5.1 million lines that were not deactivated, and the fine for each line not deactivated is N200,000; so, multiplied this by the number of lines in its network which it failed to deactivate.
“It was not that we arbitrarily came to that figure as the fine. There was a process and we followed that process, and MTN is not disputing this,” he said.
He said: “The question people should be asking is, why is it only MTN? But people are not asking that; instead they are saying the fine is huge”.