Sunday, 22 November 2015

NCC set to sanction MTN, GLO, ETISALAT.


The federal government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to apply fresh sanctions on major telecommunications companies in Nigeria for violating the laid down rules on Mobile Number Portability.The NCC in its ‘2015 3Q Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Report’ stated that MTN Nigeria, Globacom and Etisalat violated their Mobile Number Portability process time obligations in the third quarter of 2015.
The NCC said it had resolved to monitor operators and take appropriate actions to address the increasing cases of port request rejections. It also stated that it had communicated its intention to sanction the telecommunication firms to the head offices of the companies.
A portion of the report read: “Series of compliance checks were carried out regarding timer violations by donor operators with respect to ‘validation and deactivation responses,’ which have timelines of two hours and an hour, respectively.” The statement listed the alleged infractions on the part of each of the companies.
On Etisalat’s alleged timer violation, the NCC said it observed an infraction in a corporate port request of over 63 lines belonging to Neoconde Energy Limited. The NCC said it also observed a timer deactivation violation by MTN regarding a corporate port request of over 109 lines belonging to Nigerian Breweries Plc.
The NCC further said it observed a timer validation violation by Glo regarding eleven individual and one corporate port requests. It added, “Glo also breached the one allowable hour for the donor to deactivate 147 ported out lines belonging to Reckitt Limited consistent with provisions of the MNP Business Rules.
Also, the NCC said it had continued to receive complaints from subscribers on automatic migration of data bundle package to Pay-As-You Go billing on depletion of the data bundle. “Consequent upon the above, the commission has issued a notice of intention to sanction the concerned service providers,” the NCC said.

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