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NCC Seals Up Globacom's Abuja Office in Nigeria

The Abuja office of telecommunication giant, Globacom has been sealed up by the Nigerian Communications Commission [NCC]. It was said that the seal off was necessitated by Globacom's non compliance with telecom guidelines as ordered by the Nigeria Communication Commission.

The NCC officials declared that two letters had been written to Globacom authorities over the company's non compliance with the directive on the ban of sale of activated GSM sim cards to subscribers and the non-compliance with the guidelines on installations of masts and towers.

Recently, the Nigerian Communications Commission had slammed a N5million fine on the telecommunication giant for failing to comply with the ban on sale of fully activated new SIM cards and guidelines on technical specification for installation of masts and towers.

NCC compliance and monitoring team said it received reports from several locations in the country indicated that most of the SIM cards sold by Globacom were already fully activated, a situation which NCC forbids.

After several correspondences conveying the findings to Globacom and a directive to fully comply by 17 February, NCC alleged that the company failed to comply.
The Commission said that further compliance monitoring indicated that Globacom Ltd was, no doubt, in contravention of the directive on the ban on sales of fully activated SIM cards in Anambra, Borno, Kano, Katsina and Plateau states as Globacom SIM cards purchased in April 2011 in these states were fully activated as calls were made unrestricted from the new SIM cards.

Source: Vanguard

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