BrandArena: NCC extends ban on MTN, Glo, Airtel SIM card sales

Saturday, 24 May 2014

NCC extends ban on MTN, Glo, Airtel SIM card sales

Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), apex telecom regulator has extended the ban it imposed on the sale of SIM cards by MTN, Airtel and Glo Nigeria, for missing Quality of Service (QoS) requirements.

The extension was announced in Lagos by the commission’s executive commissioner of stakeholders management Dr Okwchukwu Itanyi.

“The ban on the sale of new SIM cards is on. We have not lifted the ban. It was for a month and we extended it. We have not lifted that sanction. It is still on,” Itanyi said.

He said the commission would investigate reported cases of SIM card sales by the affected operators.

“It is something that we will investigate and if any of them is found to have fallen short of our regulation, it is something we can sanction them for,” Itanyi said.

Itanyi said through the fines the NCC is making the networks aware it is unsatisfied with their QoS.


  1. Thank you NCC. This telecomm companies really need to improve

  2. Alao Oluwafemi26 May 2014 at 00:32

    Morning to my fellow audience on BA, Considering the population of Nigeria (over 150 million), the sector seems to be spending more on advertising, promo, PR, marketing etc than delivery of service which ought to be the most important thing.

  3. @Oluwafemi - I totally agree with you. We need improvement. Imagine MTN still been sold for N110, N210 etc in South West, South South regions. That too bad!