The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has handed fines totaling NGN22 million (USD137,000) to four GSM operators for contravening the regulator’s ban on promotions and lotteries. Local newspaper Leadership reports that MTN Nigeria has been ordered to pay the largest fine, at NGN10 million, while Etisalat has been penalised NGN6 million, Airtel NGN4 million and Globacom NGN2 million. In a notice of the sanctions issued by the NCC, the commission’s director of Legal and Regulatory Services, Josephine Amuwa, said: ‘In the event of further non-compliance with the ban, and or refusal to pay the sanction amount within the stipulated time, the Commission shall have no other option than to impose stiffer penalties in accordance with the powers of the Commission, including but not limited to payment of NGN1 million for each day that the contravention persists.’ As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the NCC banned the country’s telecoms operators from launching promotions and lotteries in November 2012, in a bid to ease network congestion.
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