Nigeria: NCC to Block 10.7 Million Telephone Lines

Telecoms

About 10.7 million telephone lines in Nigeria may be blocked following a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to telecommunication operators in the country.

According to NCC’s Head of Compliance and Monitoring Unit, Efosa Ideheny, the body is going tougher against operators on the de-activation of pre-registered Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM) cards on their networks.

Following a monitoring exercise conducted by the commission across all the network of the four major GSM service providers, about 10.7 million SIMs have been barred out 38.78 million SIM cards found to be defective in terms of improper registration.

According to him, the defects include poor finger prints, no facial information and other biometric challenges.
Source: Nigerian Bulletin 20 August 2015