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Nigerian telecoms regulator issues fines for poor quality

Nigerian telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has fined operators MTN, Airtel and Globacom for failing to meet performance indicators in January.

Globacom was fined $1.68 million, while South Africa's MTN and Airtel, which is owned by India's Bharti Airtel, were each fined $1.12 million.

Alongside the total combined fee of nearly $4 million, the regulator has also banned the operators from selling SIM cards for the month of March.

The deadline to pay is March 7, after which operators will incur a further $15.2 thousand fine for every day the fine is not paid.

Several other regulators have also taken action against underperforming operators. In January Australian telecom giant Telstra was fined A$510,000 ($453,000) by the country’s telecoms regulator for failing to connect new landline customers on time.

In early February Spain’s Telefónica was fined €500,000 by the country’s regulator for two allegedly “very serious” breaches of competition rules in its home market.