MTN Nigeria aims at completing subscriber’s database update in 6-month
MTN Nigeria said it could complete the process of updating its subscribers’ database with valid National Identification Numbers (NIN) within six months.
The telecoms firm, however, said it does not envisage that the ban on sales of new SIM cards would unlikely to last that long.
The current and incoming CEOs of MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman and Karl Toriola, made the comments on a call to brief investors on the change after Nigerian regulators made the announcement earlier this week, giving the industry a two week deadline to complete the task.
Nigeria’s telecoms industry regulator, the National Communication Commission (NCC) had this week directed all operators in the country to update their subscribers’ database with valid NIN before the end of this year.
The directive also indicated that any subscribers that failed to update their database by the December 31 deadline should be blocked from the networks.
Prior to the directive on database update, the regulator had also asked operators to stop sales of new SIM Card to customers in a bid to conduct an audit of the nation’s telecommunication Subscriber Registration Database in the face of growing insecurity in the country.
The audit would help to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise.
The NCC said that the objective of the audit exercise was to ensure compliance with set quality standards and requirements by mobile network operators.