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Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Report
(Quarter 4 - 2015)

  1. Compliance Monitoring Of The Commission’s Direction Against Automatic Migration Of Subscribers’ Data Services To Pay As You Go (PayG) Without Authorization

    The Commission had been inundated with complaints from telecom consumers regarding the current practices by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) automatically migrating subscribers from their data plan account to Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) account upon the depletion of their data account, thus leading to cases of bill shock to the Subscriber.

    Pursuant to section 53 (1) of the NCA 2003, the Commission issued a Direction to all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) against automatic migration of subscribers’ data services to Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) billing platform upon data depletion with effect from the 24th August 2015. Details of the Commission’s Direction is as follows:

    Following from the above therefore, the Commission caried out a compliance monitoring exercise (Technical Audit) of operator’s operator’s auto-migration platform from 7th – 11th December 2015 to acertain their level of compliance with this Direction.

    Arising from the exercise , operators were directed to oblige the Commission with the following data:

    The submissions received are currently being analysed to guide the Commission’s further regulatory actions on the matter

  2. The Commission’s Direction To Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) Dedicate A Short Code For The Purpose Of Opting Into The Do Not Disturb (DND) List On Their Networks

    The Commission had received various complaints from telecoms Subscribers regarding unsolicited text messages and nuisance calls from mobile network operators in the industry. Following these complaints, the Commission had monitored the networks to ensure that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) create a Do Not Disturb (DND) database for subscribers who do not want to receive unsolicited messages on their lines.

    Whereas, the Commission’s compliance checks revealed that most MNOs have set up the DND facility on their networks, however, the awareness of existence of this facility is very low because the MNOs are reluctant to sensitize their subscribers on the availability of this facility and how to opt into same. Further investigations suggests that operators were not actually keen on the DND as this may affect their revenue stream from value added services.

    The Commission has therefore commenced the process of issuing a Direction that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) dedicate a Short Code on their networks for use by Subscribers to opt-in to the Do Not Disturb Database restricting unsolicited marketing messages (Voice and SMS) on their MSISDNs.

  3. Sanction On MTN Nigeria Communications Limited For Failure To Deactivate Incomplete/Improperly Registered Sim Cards – Notice Of Sanction

    MTN Nigeria Communications Limited during the quarter under review was fined the sum of N1,040,000,000,000 (One Trillion Forty Billion Naira) for its failure to deactivate 5.2 Million improperly registered MSISDN (SIMs).

  4. Sanction On Breach Of The Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Business Rules And Regulations: Notice Of Sanction

    During quarter under review, Globacom Limited and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited were fined the sum N22,000,000 (Twenty Two Million Naira) and N12,000,000 (Twelve Million Naira) respectively for non-compliance with the MNP Regulations. Both companies have paid up the fines.

  5. Public Notice In Respect Of Companies Owing Spectrum Fees To The Commission

    The Commission issued a public notice as a final pre-enforcement notice and warning to the companies owing spectrum fees. Sequel to the public notice, (3) companies have so far settled their outstanding spectrum fees namely: GiCell Wireless Limited, Galaxy Information Technology and Telecommunications Limited and LM Ericsson Nigeria Limited.

    The following companies have up till date not settled their indebtedness:

    1. INDORAMA ELEME PETROCHEMICALS LIMITED
    2. ALLIED BOND STANDARD LIMITED
    3. DISC COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
    4. ELTEL COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
    5. EM WEST AFRICA LIMITED
    6. FYBERTEL COMMUNICATIONS NIG. LIMITED
    7. GLOBAL I-BURST NIG. LIMITED
    8. GLOBAL TOUCH (W.A) LIMITED
    9. IMPERIAL TELECOMS LIMITED
    10. INDEPENDENT TELEPHONE NETWORKS LIMITED
    11. INTERNATIONAL MONITOR CO. LIMITED
    12. LT MOBILE NIG. LIMITED
    13. MIDMANE INVESTMENT LIMITED
    14. MOBITEL LIMITED
    15. OMAR COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
    16. PEACE GLOBAL SATELLITE LIMITED
    17. PREST CABLE & SATELLITE TV SYS LIMITED
    18. RAINBOWNET LIMITED
    19. RELIANCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (RELTEL)-ZOOM MOBILE
    20. RENNA TELECOMS LIMITED
    21. SAXEL LIMITED
    22. SIEMENS GROUP NIG. LIMITED
    23. SNYTEL I.G WILLS COMM. LIMITED
    24. TC AFRICA
    25. TOPCOM NIGERIA LIMITED
    26. WEBCOM NIGERIA LIMITED

    The Commission intends to commence enforcement action against all defaulters to recover the debt.