NCC releases new guidelines for telcos, threatens to fine defaulters

The Nigerian Communications Commission has issued new guidelines for network providers and proposed fines for defaulters.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) made the proposal in a document containing fines for other misconduct relating to regulation of telephone subscribers registration.

According to the document, if network providers in Nigeria fail to verify and validate their subscribers’ biometric, National Identity Number (NIN) and other personal information, they face a proposed fine of N200,000.

According to the document, “Any licensee who fails to capture, or who pre registers, register, deregister or transmit the details of any individual or corporate subscribers to the Central Database as specified in these Regulations or as may be stipulated from time to time by the Commission is liable to a penalty of N200,000.00 for each subscription medium,”.

It adds that “A licensee who activates any Subscription Medium without capturing, registering and transmitting the personal information to the Central Database commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N200,000.00 for each unregistered activated Subscription Medium.

“A Licensee who fails to verify and validate biometric, NIN and other personal information before activation is liable to a penalty of N200, 000 for each subscription medium in breach of these requirements.


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