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SIMs Suspension: ALTON seeks alignment, understanding of Nigerian subscribers on NCC directive

By Juliet Umeh

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, the umbrella body of licensed telecommunications operators in Nigeria, has called for the understanding and alignment of Nigerian subscribers of the Subscriber Identity Module, SIM card on the directive to both suspend the sale and activation of SIMs by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

Chairman of the association, Eng. Gbenga Adebayo, said the association regrets any inconveniences that the disruption will cause and seeks the understanding of Nigerian subscribers for a holistic alignment with Federal Government’s objectives in this regard.

He said the directive was in line with the Federal Government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September, 2019, that NCC is to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database again.

Adebayo said: “As a result of the above, the NCC has directed all telecom operators (telcos) to immediately suspend the sale and activation of new SIM cards on their respective networks to enable a smooth and seamless audit exercise
“This suspension is expected to be lifted upon the conclusion of the audit and normalcy will again return to the sim acquisition and registration process by the NCC.”

He added: “ALTON further assures the public of its members’ cooperation and compliance with this NCC and Federal Government’s directive, and will partner with them towards an expedited conclusion of the audit exercise.

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