MTN Denies it gave bribe to reduce NCC fine

MTN South Africa has denied it paid a bribe to Nigerian officials to reduce its fine to 330 billion naira ($1.05 billion) as part of settling a dispute over disconnecting unregistered SIM cards in the West African country.
MTN made the comment in reaction to reports that a top official in the Nigerian presidency took a payment towards reducing the fine.The  telecom group was initially fined $5.2 billion last October for failing to deactivate more than five million unregistered SIM cards.
In June, MTN agreed to pay a reduced fine of 330 billion in a settlement with the Nigerian government and said the fine will be paid by MTN Nigeria over three years.


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