Breaking: NCC Suspends Sale, Registration of SIM Cards

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SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 09 – Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly ordered telecommunications companies to halt the sale and activation of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM).

This comes ahead of an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.

In a statement on Wednesday, Director, Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, said the directive will be in effect until the audit is completed.

A statement released by Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC director for public affairs, on Wednesday said the directive became necessary against the background of the “preponderance of pre-registered SIMs with the attendant security implications associated with the use of same to facilitate criminal activities”.

He noted that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, instructed the NCC to conduct the exercise.

However, an exemption might be granted if the federal government approves.

NCC warned that non-compliance by network operators could lead to withdrawal of operating license.

The inspection is to ensure that the firms comply with quality standards and requirements.

“In accordance with federal government directive to consolidate the achievement of the SIM card registration exercise and verify compliance, the commission is embarking on an audit of the subscriber registration database to ensure compliance to set quality standards and requirements,” a letter signed by A.I. Sholanke, NCC director for projects, read.

“Accordingly, you are hereby directed to suspend the sale and activation of new SIM cards on your network until the audit exercise is completed.

“However, when it is absolutely necessary, an exemption may be granted following approval from the federal government through the Nigerian Communications Commission.

“Please note that failure to comply with this directive will be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license,” the letter continued.

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