Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) will be taking a hard line against the sale of pre-registered SIM cards to mobile phone users, with the help of mobile operator MTN Nigeria. The operator said that it is committed to eliminating the problem and is working with law enforcement towards convictions.
“We have zero tolerance for the sale of pre-registered SIMs or any activity that contravenes laid-down procedure as advised by the NCC,” said Corporate Services Executive of MTN Nigeria, Akinwale Goodluck in Lagos.
Goodluck said that keeping record of subscribers’ name, date of birth, gender, address, phone number, the subscriber’s picture and fingerprints, will enable MTN to better understand its customer and will allow them to develop packages targeted towards the specific areas.
“It will also aid the relevant security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police, to track and prosecute criminal elements,” he added.
According to This Day, “Goodluck disclosed that MTN would constantly monitor activities on the registration boxes, at the back end, with a view to isolating pre-registered SIMs. According to him, the company will promptly reverse suspected pre-registered SIMs to a ‘receive only’ status.”
Goodluck concluded that “MTN Nigeria remains fully compliant with all directives from the NCC concerning the SIM Registration process and will continue to work hand-in-hand with the Nigerian Police to bring perpetrators to book”.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor