NCC to sanction MTN over new tariff plans

By Post Nigeria May 25, 2015 10:03

NCC to sanction MTN over new tariff plans

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has ordered Telecom giant MTN Nigeria’s operations to put a stop to implementing its new tariff plan called MTN TruTalk+ or risk serious penalties.

The Commission which is in charge of regulating the telecoms industry, said irrespective of the fact that it did not grant approval, MTN commenced the promo.

Also the Commission barred MTN from further advertisement of such service in the print, electronic media or its websites.

In a letter dated May 19, 2015 with ref No NCC/MTN/18/15 signed by the Head, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Efosa Idehen and Head, Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, NCC said the records of the Commission showed that MTN has no approval of the regulatory authority before embarking on the new promotional tariff plan.

The Commission said its Compliance Unit revealed that the new tariff with a daily access fee of N5, allows subscribers to call all networks at 11k/sec and N20k/sec to UK, USA, India, Canada and China.

However NCC investigations showed that MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd has already configured this tariff plan on their network and has therefore implemented same without the appropriate regulatory approval.

According to the Commission, this action contravenes section 108 (1) of the Nigeria Communications Act 2003 which says;

    “Holders of individual licences shall not impose any tariff or charges for the provision of any service until the Commission has approved such tariff rates and charges except as otherwise provided in this Part.

“Consequent upon the above, the Commission thereby directs MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd to immediately discontinue this Tariff Plan and all associated advertisements regarding same or otherwise face regulatory sanctions accordingly.”

In fulfillment of the Commission’s mandate under section 89 of NCC Act 2003 which says; “The Commission shall monitor all significant matters relating to the performance of all licensees and publish annual reports”, a compliance check on the recently introduced MTN Nigeria Limited TruTalk+ Tariff Plan has confirmed that MTN Nigeria is currently advertising a Tariff Plan called MTN TruTalk+ in the print and electronic media.

The NCC investigations showed that MTN Nigeria has already configured this tariff plan on its network and has therefore implemented same, the statement further said.