Pre-registered SIM sale: NCC may sanction MTN, Etilsalat

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The Nigerian Communications Commission on Tuesday raided some strategic locations in the Federal Capital Territory where active preregistered SIM cards were being sold by agents of mobile telecommunications operators.

Briefing newsmen after the exercise in Abuja, the Assistant Director, Enforcement, Mr. Salisu Abdu, said the regulatory agency would not hesitate to impose fresh penalties on mobile operators found wanting .

Specifically, he mentioned that in the process of the raid, the SIM cards of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and Etisalat were seized.

Abdu said the NCC had written to all telecommunications operators to discontinue every relationship with all unregistered registration agents in Abuja and other parts of the country.

He regretted that despite the efforts of the regulatory agency in ridding the country of all unregistered SIM cards, there was still a considerable quantity of active preregistered SIM cards circulating in several parts of the country.

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