MTN Group Limited has stated that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has lifted the suspension on regulatory services slammed on the company in October 2015. The suspension was over its failure to deactivate 5.2 million incomplete subscriber identification module (SIM) cards on its network.This comes as a relief to MTN as this allows Africa’s biggest wireless operator to seek approval for promotions and other plans to grow in the company’s biggest market, Nigeria.
Dominic Cull, a regulatory lawyer at Cape Town-based Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions, said that the suspension of the sanction may just signal headway to the deadlock between MTN and the government. The NCC originally imposed a $5.2 billion fine on MTN in October 2015, which was reduced to $3.9 billion after deliberation between both parties. On the 24th of February 2016, MTN Nigeria made a payment of N50 billion ($250 million) to the Federal Government of Nigeria for its offence, on the basis that this would be applied towards a settlement.

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