After refusing to pay the fines imposed on them by Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC), mobile operators MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat have agreed to pay the N1.17 billion fine ($7.3-million).
The NCC has given the operators numerous deadlines for payment, with the most recent being 25 May, for what the NCC claimed was poor quality of service.
“However, the companies, whose representatives met with NCC officials in Abuja yesterday, demanded, as a precondition for the payment of the fines, a review of the present KPIs, which they argued did not take into consideration the peculiarity of the Nigerian business environment,” wrote This Day.
The NCC previously 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.
NCC Director of Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, confirmed that the operators agreed to pay the fines, but was reluctant to say if it will include the penalties.
“Outside the sanctions we demanded that they show us a concrete plan they have in place to improve their services. The service providers have given their commitment that services are going to improve because substantial investments are going to be made,” he said.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor