Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, has said that the ongoing de-activation of pre-registered Subscribers Identification Modules, SIM, cards of mobile network operators in Nigeria is a guard against threats to the nation’s security.
The telecoms regulatory body said it has blocked about 10.7 million telephone lines in the last two weeks warning telecom operators to adhere strictly to instructions by deactivating SIM cards with defective registration.
NCC head, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Efosa Idehen, said that as at September 2014 when the data base was scrubbed, various numbers were sent to the operators for re-validation.
He said that 18.6 million numbers were sent to MTN while Airtel got 7.49 million numbers for re-validation with Glo and Etisalat networks received 2.3 million numbers and 10.46 million numbers, respectively.
He explained that during a visit by NCC to MTN, earlier in August 2015, they found out that the telco is yet to adhere with the directive while Airtel, Glo and Etisalat networks, had achieved partial compliance, as only 2.3 million, 3.5 million and 3.3 million lines, were barred, respectively.
He said that Commission will not rest on its oars until the telecommunication operators comply with the deactivation of invalid and improper registered SIM cards.
Also, NCC’s head, Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, explained that the exercise requires some patience and understanding of the users who might be required to visit operators’ customer centres/outlets for re-registration appealing to them to bear the pain of re-registration if they are asked to do so.
It would be recalled that the commission had earlier said that the deactivation exercise and decision was a result of a meeting with the office of National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), the NCC and operators “after which the operators were given one-week to deactivate those unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards.”
The operators were specifically told that those subscribers whose lines were not registered and have not made any effort to register them should be communicated before deactivation.Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, has said that the ongoing de-activation of pre-registered Subscribers Identification Modules, SIM, cards of mobile network operators in Nigeria is a guard against threats to the nation’s security.
The telecoms regulatory body said it has blocked about 10.7 million telephone lines in the last two weeks warning telecom operators to adhere strictly to instructions by deactivating SIM cards with defective registration.
NCC head, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Efosa Idehen, said that as at September 2014 when the data base was scrubbed, various numbers were sent to the operators for re-validation.
He said that 18.6 million numbers were sent to MTN while Airtel got 7.49 million numbers for re-validation with Glo and Etisalat networks received 2.3 million numbers and 10.46 million numbers, respectively.
He explained that during a visit by NCC to MTN, earlier in August 2015, they found out that the telco is yet to adhere with the directive while Airtel, Glo and Etisalat networks, had achieved partial compliance, as only 2.3 million, 3.5 million and 3.3 million lines, were barred, respectively.
He said that Commission will not rest on its oars until the telecommunication operators comply with the deactivation of invalid and improper registered SIM cards.
Also, NCC’s head, Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, explained that the exercise requires some patience and understanding of the users who might be required to visit operators’ customer centres/outlets for re-registration appealing to them to bear the pain of re-registration if they are asked to do so.
It would be recalled that the commission had earlier said that the deactivation exercise and decision was a result of a meeting with the office of National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), the NCC and operators “after which the operators were given one-week to deactivate those unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards.”
The operators were specifically told that those subscribers whose lines were not registered and have not made any effort to register them should be communicated before deactivation.Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, has said that the ongoing de-activation of pre-registered Subscribers Identification Modules, SIM, cards of mobile network operators in Nigeria is a guard against threats to the nation’s security.
The telecoms regulatory body said it has blocked about 10.7 million telephone lines in the last two weeks warning telecom operators to adhere strictly to instructions by deactivating SIM cards with defective registration.
NCC head, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Efosa Idehen, said that as at September 2014 when the data base was scrubbed, various numbers were sent to the operators for re-validation.
He said that 18.6 million numbers were sent to MTN while Airtel got 7.49 million numbers for re-validation with Glo and Etisalat networks received 2.3 million numbers and 10.46 million numbers, respectively.
He explained that during a visit by NCC to MTN, earlier in August 2015, they found out that the telco is yet to adhere with the directive while Airtel, Glo and Etisalat networks, had achieved partial compliance, as only 2.3 million, 3.5 million and 3.3 million lines, were barred, respectively.
He said that Commission will not rest on its oars until the telecommunication operators comply with the deactivation of invalid and improper registered SIM cards.
Also, NCC’s head, Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, explained that the exercise requires some patience and understanding of the users who might be required to visit operators’ customer centres/outlets for re-registration appealing to them to bear the pain of re-registration if they are asked to do so.
It would be recalled that the commission had earlier said that the deactivation exercise and decision was a result of a meeting with the office of National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), the NCC and operators “after which the operators were given one-week to deactivate those unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards.”
The operators were specifically told that those subscribers whose lines were not registered and have not made any effort to register them should be communicated before deactivation.Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, has said that the ongoing de-activation of pre-registered Subscribers Identification Modules, SIM, cards of mobile network operators in Nigeria is a guard against threats to the nation’s security.
The telecoms regulatory body said it has blocked about 10.7 million telephone lines in the last two weeks warning telecom operators to adhere strictly to instructions by deactivating SIM cards with defective registration.
NCC head, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Efosa Idehen, said that as at September 2014 when the data base was scrubbed, various numbers were sent to the operators for re-validation.
He said that 18.6 million numbers were sent to MTN while Airtel got 7.49 million numbers for re-validation with Glo and Etisalat networks received 2.3 million numbers and 10.46 million numbers, respectively.
He explained that during a visit by NCC to MTN, earlier in August 2015, they found out that the telco is yet to adhere with the directive while Airtel, Glo and Etisalat networks, had achieved partial compliance, as only 2.3 million, 3.5 million and 3.3 million lines, were barred, respectively.
He said that Commission will not rest on its oars until the telecommunication operators comply with the deactivation of invalid and improper registered SIM cards.
Also, NCC’s head, Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, explained that the exercise requires some patience and understanding of the users who might be required to visit operators’ customer centres/outlets for re-registration appealing to them to bear the pain of re-registration if they are asked to do so.
It would be recalled that the commission had earlier said that the deactivation exercise and decision was a result of a meeting with the office of National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), the NCC and operators “after which the operators were given one-week to deactivate those unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards.”
The operators were specifically told that those subscribers whose lines were not registered and have not made any effort to register them should be communicated before deactivation.


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