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NCC stops MTN’s new tariff plan


The Nigerian Communications Commission has stopped MTN Nigeria Communications from implementing a tariff plan called MTN TruTalk+.
The commission says the company will face serious sanctions if it goes ahead to implement the plan because it has yet to give any approval for such service.
The commission also barred MTN from further advertisement of such service in the print, electronic media or its websites.
The commission, in a letter dated May 19, 2015 with ref No NCC/MTN/18/15 and signed by the Head, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Efosa Idehen and Head, Legal and Regulatory Services, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, said the records of the commission showed that the operator had no approval of the regulatory authority before embarking on the new promotional tariff plan.
The commission said that its compliance unit revealed that the new tariff with daily access fee of N5, allowed subscribers to call all networks at 11k/sec and N20k/sec to United Kingdom, United States of America, India, Canada and China.
“The commission’s investigations show that MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd has already configured this tariff plan on their network and has therefore implemented the same without the appropriate regulatory approval.” It said the action contravened section 108 (1) of the Nigeria Communications Act 2003. “Consequent upon the above, the commission thereby directs MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd to immediately discontinue this Tariff Plan and all associated advertisements regarding the same or otherwise face regulatory sanctions accordingly,” it said.
The NCC said it initiated the action in fulfilment of its mandate under section 89 of NCC Act 2003 having carried out a compliance check on the recently introduced MTN Nigeria Limited TruTalk+ Tariff Plan. (Punch)

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