The Commission organised a sensitisation workshop on the dangers of patronising fully-activated Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the six (6) geopolitical zones. The workshop kicked off on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Lagos, which had in attendance the major mobile network operators (MNOs) and their respective vendors.
Status Update on Enforcement Exercise on SIM Card Registration outside Controlled Environment
The Commission received update on the status of the enforcement action in respect of SIM card registration outside a controlled environment in Gombe, Gombe State. It was reported that 2 persons were convicted for a period of 6 months each, while one person was released on bail and one person acquitted by the Court.
Globacom’s outstanding Obligations
The Commission, on December 24, 2018, issued a pre-enforcement notice to Globacom Limited in respect of its outstanding financial obligations to the Commission i.e. National Numbering Plan Fee, Spectrum Fee, Annual Operating Levy (AOL) Fee and a deadline of March 31st, 2019 was given to the telecom company to pay the outstanding obligations. Following the notice, the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Commission received a memo from Licensing & Authorization Department of the NCC with regards to application for renewal/upgrade of Digital Mobile License (DML) to Unified Access Service License (UASL) by Globacom. However, Globacom was yet to settle its obligations with the Commission. Consequently, a memo was written to management for approval to carry out enforcement action against Globacom for failure to fulfil its outstanding obligations at the expiration of the March 31st, 2019 deadline.
NATCOM’s outstanding Obligations
The Commission, on January 10, 2019, issued a pre-enforcement notice to NATCOM Development & Investment Ltd (NATCOM) in respect of its outstanding financial obligations to the Commission i.e. National Numbering Plan Fee, Spectrum Fee, Annual Operating Levy (AOL) Fee and a deadline of March 31st, 2019 to pay the outstanding obligations.
Mitigating Incidence of Pre- Registration of SIM Card by 9Mobile
9mobile updated the Commission on the additional steps taken to deal with the incidence of illicit registration/activation and sales of SIM cards by some of their agents. A list of one hundred and thirty six (136) blacklisted/deactivated 9mobile SIM registration agents was forwarded to the Commission. The blacklisted agents were sorted out according to States/LGA basis and circulated to other MNOs.