September 03, 2015

Wow Must Read NCC To Deactivate Improperly Registered Mobile Lines


MTN Subscribers waiting to register their SIM / Photo credit: Micheal Obasa

Following a directive by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to operators of the Global System for Mobile communication to deactivate all unregistered subscriber identity modules (SIMs), subscribers of MTN have stormed offices of the network in a last minute rush to register their mobile lines.

Subscribers of MTN were seen in large numbers trying to register their sim cards and prevent the deactivation of their phone numbers.
Also, subscribers who didn’t properly register their lines might suffer the same fate going by the directive of NCC.

 Another queue Photo credit: Micheal Obasa
When IpostCityvisited some offices of the network provider, subscribers were seen occupying every available space. Inside of the offices were full to the brim and the queue stretched to outside of the offices.
NCC on August 18, 2015 said about 38.78 million lines were either unregistered or improperly registered. Out of these defective mobile  numbers that belong to four network operators, about 10.7 million have been blocked.
The 10.7 million people, whose lines have been barred from either making or receiving calls, would need to regularize their details before they could be able to use the lines.
There are indications that after the expiration of the deadline set by NCC, 28.61 million more lines would be blocked.
NCC said that affected phone lines were deactivated due to improper registration details which include zero facial information, poor finger prints and other biometrics challenges.

Subscribers waiting patiently for re-register their line Photo credit: Micheal Obasa

The regulatory body added that decision to deactivate the defective mobile lines was taken after consultation with the National Security Adviser and other stakeholders in the industry as a security measure.
It was learnt that operators that failed to comply with NCC directive will be slammed with sanctions as stipulated by Sim card registration code, section 19 to 21. The act states that operators will pay N200,000 per defective SIM found.

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