Telecoms Regulation

Nigerian Communications Commission Imposes Telecoms Fines Amounting To $7.3 Million

Nigeria’s telecoms operators have yet to respond to the country’s telecommunications regulator regarding its decision to impose fines totalling $7.3 million.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) fined all the nation’s operators, except for MTN, for violating the Regulator’s order on forceful subscriptions.

According to the NCC’s Compliance Monitoring Report, 9mobile, Airtel and Globacom forcefully subscribed customers to value-added services and data.

Airtel Nigeria was slapped with the highest fine of US$6.6-million, Globacom was fined US$643,430, while 9mobile was fined US$454,661.

The statement from the NCC revealed that during an audit exercise carried out by the commission, it was discovered that 9mobile, Globacom and Airtel had forcefully subscribed some customers to Value Added Services and Data which was against the Commission’s Direction on Forceful Subscription.

In addition to the fine, the NCC directed the operators to refund the subscribers that had been affected by automatic renewals of data subscriptions or subscription to data and value-added services.

None of the telcos have issued an official statement and have not responded to the media to questions about this matter.

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