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NCC limits phone SIM ownership to 18-year, MTN seeks review to 14-year

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may bar person below the age of 18 year from owing and register a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) in the country.

According to the telecom industry regulator in a new regulations, person to own SIM are limited to anyone who have attain 18 years and above.

The draft modified Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations published by the commission stated that subscriber means a person not below the age of 18 year.

“‘Subscriber’ means a person not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee,” a portion of the new rule stated.

The Licensee refers to ‘a provider of communications services that utilises a subscription medium in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.’

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The commission stated that the regulations were made in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act,2003.

In accordance with Section 57 of the Act, the NCC conducted a Public Inquiry on the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, alongside the draft SIM Replacement Guidelines and the draft Spectrum Trading Guidelines at its head office in Abuja on Tuesday.

During the public inquiry, which was held physically and virtually, key stakeholders, including MTN, urged the commission to revise the age limit.

MTN asked the commission to make the age limit 14 years and above.

The NCC, however, insisted on 18 years and above for anyone who wants to own and register a SIM in Nigeria.

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