NCC CEO, Eugene Juwah
After weeks of foot-dragging, MTN Nigeria, Globacom and Airtel Limited have paid the fines imposed on them by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s telecommunications regulatory agency.
Industry sources told THISDAY Tuesday that MTN, Globacom and Airtel paid their fines Monday.
It was gathered that Etisalat is expected to pay its fines to the NCC Tuesday.
The four telecommunications giants were fined a cumulative penalty of N1.17bn over poor quality telecoms services.
MTN and Etisalat were fined N360million each, while Airtel and Globacom were fined N270million and N180million respectively.
The telecommuncations companies had protested the payment, and at a point the impression was that they were not going to pay before the sudden change of mind.
They had argued that the poor infrastructure in the country, particularly the power problem was among the reasons for poor quality service.
The companies had also argued that they responded quickly to address the poor quality services when they occurred.
The Director, Legal and Regulatory Services, Josephine Amuwa, and the Head of Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Ubale Maska, of NCC had given all the operators up till May 21, 2012 or be liable to payment of “additional N2.5 million per day for as long as the contravention persists.”