THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecom industry regulator has sanctioned Globacom Limited, the second national carrier, to the tune of N5 million ($35,000) for contravening its direction on ban of sales of fully activated new sim cards as well as non-compliance with Guidelines on Technical Specifications for Installation of masts and towers.
The fine must be paid within seven days from the date of notice and an additional sum of N500,000(about $4,000) must be paid by Globacom every additional day the contravention persists.
Reuben Mouka, head of public relation at the NCC says failure to comply with the commission may stop Globacom from acquiring other regulatory services.
On the case of activated sim cards, the commission says that on February 14, 2011, Compliance Monitoring reports received from Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Enugu and Abuja indicated that Globacom sim cards were fully active.
After several correspondences conveying the findings to Globacom and a directive to fully comply by 17th of February 2011, the company failed to comply.
The commission says that further compliance monitoring indicates that Globacom is in contravention of the direction on the ban on sales of fully activated SIM cards in Anambra, Borno, Kano, Katsina and Plateau States.
The commission thereby issued a notice of sanction on Globacom having failed to comply with the said Directive in accordance with the provisions of Section 55 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and therefore liable as follows:
In the case of non-Compliance with the Guidelines on Technical Specifications for installation of masts and towers/failure to provide information regarding Globacom’s mast at Gboko, Benue State – Globacom is in contravention of Section 65 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Second Schedule of the Nigerian Communications Regulation 2005, Chapter1, 5 of the Relevant Guidelines on Masts and Towers.
For this failure, Globacom is liable to a fine of N1 million (about $8,000) payable within 21 days of receipt of the notice and in the event of failure to pay the stated fine and consistent with regulatory practice, the commission may among other sanctions, enforce its statutory powers including but not limited to its powers pursuant to Section 45 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.
The Commission advised all telecom service providers to adhere strictly to all its regulations in order to maintain sanity in the industry.
By: Bimbo Omitooki – Senior ICT Journalist