The Commission had issued a Direction to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to dedicate the short code 2442 on their networks for use by subscribers to opt-in to the "Do Not Disturb" database restricting unsolicited messages (Voice and SMS) on their MSISDN including the use of web based platforms as opt-out measures.
Following the issuance of this Direction, a compliance monitoring exercise was carried out from 20th – 21st July and 2nd – 3rd August 2016 to monitor the implementation of the Direction.
Arising from the findings from the exercise, the following steps would be taken by the Commission:
The Commission would continue to monitor the implementation of this Direction to ensure total compliance by all the MNOs.
The Commission carried out a compliance monitoring exercise of the Internet Service Providers (ISP), Private Network Links (PNL) and International Data Access (IDA) licencees on 29th August – 9th September, 2016.
Arising from the findings during the exercise, the Commission is considering the following actions:
In fact the Commission has commenced the process of the determination of floor price for data service and had held consultation with stakeholders in this regard.
The Commission had received a complaint from MTN Nigeria Communications Limited regarding the interconnect indebtedness of Globacom Limited to the company. Consistent with the Commission's regulatory oversight, a meeting was held with the parties on 23rd August, 2016 where Globacom committed to pay a substantial part of the money owed and reconcile other outstanding indebtedness to MTN.
MTN confirmed to the Commission that the agreed amount was paid by Globacom 31st August, 2016. The Commission is still working with both parties to ensure the payment of the outstanding interconnect debt.
The Commission carried out an enforcement action against Innjoo Technology on 8th September, 2016 for non-payment of the N4, 000, 000.00 (Four Million Naira) fine imposed on it for the sales of Non- type approved handsets. The company has immediately settled the said fine.
The office of Nokia-Alcatel, a telecommunications service provider engaged in the sales and installations of Radio Terminals, switching equipment etc was sealed on September 7, 2016.
Nokia-Alcatel had been in operations for some years without requisite licence. Nokia had acquired Alcatel in January 2016 without the required regulatory clearance by the Commission.
The office was later unsealed after the company committed to regularizing its operations and meeting its obligations thereof.
The Commission carried out enforcement actions in Abuja on 5th September, 2016 on identified locations for the sales of pre-registered SIM cards.
At the end of the exercise, a total of 176 Pre-registered SIM cards were recovered as follows: - MTN-9, Glo- 78, Airtel – 44 and Etisalat- 45.
Four (4) suspects were arrested while the police are still tracking one principal suspect. The Nigeria Police are still investigating these cases.
Also, in Minna, Niger State on 28th - 29th September, 2016 at Obasanjo Shopping Complex, Federal University of Technology Minna and Zungeru.
Six (6) suspects were arrested in possession of 173 preregistered SIM cards. The Nigeria Police are still investigating these cases.
The Commission carried out an enforcement action against Landmark Towers for deploying 3G GSM signal boosters in its building resulting in interference on the frequency channel assigned to Etisalat. At the end of the exercise, 7 signal boosters were confiscated.
Etisalat has since confirmed that the interference has been cleared.