MTN to pay US$1.5bn fine to NCC

MTN SIM Card warrenski FLICKRMTN had failed to comply with an order to disconnect unregistered SIM cards last year. (Image Source: warrenski/Flickr)MTN has agreed to pay US$1.5bn of the initial US$3.9bn fine it faces in Nigeria in order to resolve its dispute with the regulator

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) issued the fine, which has been reduced from US$5.2bn, in October last year after MTN failed to comply with an order to disconnect unregistered SIM cards from its network as part of a counter-terrorism drive.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari stated earlier this week that the government was attempting to settle the situation with MTN. The operator has already abandoned a legal challenge against the fine and made a ‘good faith’ payment of US$250mn to the country.

The settlement offer was reportedly revealed to journalists in the Nigerian Senate following the communications committee’s announcement that communications minister Adebayo Shittu should continue talks with MTN.

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