The on-going battle between the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and four mobile operators in the country took another turn for the worst, as the NCC is adamant that the operators should pay their fines.
Mobile operators MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat were fined a cumulative amount of N1.17 billion ($7.3-million) for what the NCC claimed was poor quality of service. The operators has in return refused to pay the fines, and instituted a legal bid to have them reduced of scrapped.
The NCC has given the operators numerous deadlines as to when the fines should be paid, with the latest deadline being 25 May.
The NCC said that if the amounts were not paid over, the NCC will have no other choice but to institute additional payment of N2.5 million ($15 000) per day for as long as they refuse.
“The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that there is no going back on the fine it imposed. Should operators remain resolute not to pay the fine, Media Relations for NCC Reuben Muoka, said the regulator would come out with a statement on its next line of action within the week, should the telcos further resist payment,” wrote Nigeria’s This Day.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor