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Airtel Nigeria projects revenue fall by 8% due to NIN-SIMs linkage policy

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By Samuel Bankole

Airtel, one of Nigeria’s telecommunication providers has said that the ongoing implementation of the government policy on telephone subscriber SIMs linkage to national identity will cost the company 8 per cent of its revenue in Nigeria.

The company said the exercise, which has seen operators disconnecting incoming calls of subscribers that are yet to link their National Identity Number (NIN) with their SIMs will also eat into its group revenue by 3 per cent.

On Monday, the federal government directed all telecoms firms to bar all outgoing calls from telephone lines that are not linked to the National Identity database as the West African country announced that it has linked 125 million SIMs to the database.

It was estimated that about 75 million subscribers are affected by the directive of the government in its quest to ensure compliance with its policy of national identity.

In a regulatory filing with the Nigerian Exchange Limited, Airtel Africa provided further update “on the NIN/SIM registrations process in Nigeria.”

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“Outgoing voice revenues for those active subscribers who have not yet linked their NIN with their SIM amount to around 8% of total revenues from Nigeria, and around 3% of total revenues for the Group,” the telecoms firm said in the communication.

“We continue to work closely with the regulator and will make every effort to minimise disruption and ensure affected customers can continue to benefit from full service connectivity as soon as possible; in line with our aim to drive increased connectivity and digital inclusion across Nigeria,” Airtel said.

Since the government directed telecoms firms to bar outgoing calls of people who are yet to link their NIN with their SIMs, pressure on both the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and telecoms customer’s service has increased.

Industry officials said the number of subscribers trying to link their SIMs and NINs together had increased, piling pressure on the networks.

The increase has also negatively impacted the process and system of the identity agency, slowing down the registration process.

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