Nigeria’s Communication Commission (NCC) has warned mobile users across the country over the weekend that they need to register their SIM cards before the deadline on 30 June, or risk having their mobile phones being rejected by the network.
Nigerian mobile phone users will for the first time be able to port their mobile phone numbers to a different network without losing their current number. Nigeria’s mobile phone market has been at the receiving end of constant complaints about Quality of Service, and the number portability service will sure shake up the industry.
According to Vanguard, “any subscriber who did not register his or her number before the closing date will have the number invalidated. He explained that the commission would commence the collation of the data for publication, adding that subsequent registration would be done by different telecom providers with approval from the commission”.
“Without the registration, the network operators will not be able to identify a porting subscriber or confirm that such is the rightful owner of the number being ported,” said Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Dr Eugene Juwah at the 73rd edition of Telecoms Consumer Parliament in Nigeria.
Juwah added that “the service would remove the trouble of moving around with multiple cell phones and encourage competitions among providers as well as reduce tariffs.”
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered mobile services operator MTN in May to review its charges to customers in order to reduce its market dominance.
“The mobile data market segment has grown significantly in the last five years and accounts for about 99% of the total data market. The GSM Operators lead this market segment. The major competition concern is that the wholesale providers of bulk bandwidth also play in the retail mobile data market and potentially stifle competition in this market,” the NCC said in a report that detailed market dominance of mobile operators.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor