MTN, Airtel, others, ordered to deactivate improperly registered lines by NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a seven day ultimatum to Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) and other type of network service providers an order to deactivate all the “invalid and improperly” registered SIM (Subscribers Identification Module) cards. This is mainly due to the prevailing insecurity the country is facing as well as the erosion of confidence in the registration process, which guzzled billions of tax payer’s hard-earned money.

The decision is taken after a meeting held between the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Telcos, The NCC and the Department of State Services (DSS). The meeting was held at NCC Boardroom in Abuja, where several consequences were taken into consideration where crimes were executed with the use of the unregistered SIM cards. The mobile network operators were told to notify each of the subscribers, before deactivating their SIM cards.

The NCC director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, addressing the reason for favoring the deactivation of the SIM cards, says that these SIM cards were registered with improperly taken facial photograph or signature, and pose threat to the security of the nation. Affected subscribers will be notified to re-register their SIM cards with valid documentation. He also stated that every SIM card registration must conform to the technical specifications required as well as the norms of the Data Dictionary.

Said he: “All registration records must be validated before sending to the commission; thus eliminating all invalid records that do not conform to new registrations and indicate same in the monthly reports sent to commission.”

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