Street Journal has gathered that Nigeria’s Second National Operator, Globacom has incurred the wrath of the Nigerian Communications Commission for contravening the ban placed on the sale of fully activated SIM cards. Cases in states including Anambra, Borno, Kano, Katsina and Oyo were cited. The communications regulatory body has therefore imposed a N 5 million Naira fine on the company. Street Journal gathered that the punitive measure was adopted after two warnings issued earlier were ignored by the company.
Reports from the NCC revealed that compliance monitoring reports received from Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja and a number of other cities in Nigeria on 14th February showed that new Glo SIM cards were fully active on purchase.
Street Journal’s findings also revealed that new Glo SIM cards were active for a time period of thirty days after which they become inactive if the subscriber fails to register the SIM card.
Sources within the NCC disclosed that the commission communicated to Globacom and advised it to ensure compliance with the laid down rules. It was however gathered that the company failed to comply till April thereby necessitating a sanction in accordance with Section 55 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, and the Nigerian Communications (Enforcements Processes, etc) Regulation 2005.
The Commission has also stated that the company also fell short of the Guidelines on Technical Specifications for Installation of Masts and Towers. The NCC also disclosed that Globacom’s failure to Provide Information on its mast at Gboko, Benue State is a direct contravention of Section 65 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, the Second Schedule of the Nigerian Communications (Enforcement Processes, etc) Regulation 2005, Chapter 1, 5 of the Relevant Guidelines on Masts and Towers.
Street Journal gathered that for the contraventions noted above, Globacom has been fined the sum of N5 million within seven days from the date of the Notice and that an additional sum of N500,000 shall be paid every additional day as long as the contravention persists.
When our reporter called Mrs. Olubanjo, Globacom’s Head, Marketing Communications for confirmation; she said “we have not heard that here. We have not, maybe you should call Bode Opeseitan, He would be able to tell you if there is anything but we have not heard that.” Mr. Opeseitan however could not be reached as at the time of filing this report.