Wire Service
4 minute read
23 Dec 2020
8:38 am

MTN under pressure


The telecoms firm could lose its licence in the country if it keeps unregistered subscribers on its network.

MTN. Image: Moneyweb

The demand by the Nigerian minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, that all of MTN’s 75 million subscribers be registered with national ID numbers might seem like the authorities in the West African country are gunning for it once again. Although it follows MTN being told to pay $5.2 billion (R75.8 billion) in fines in 2015 – later cut to $3.2 billion – for not properly registering 5.2 million users, the SAbased operator has worked hard at repairing its relationship with the authorities in Nigeria. This time is also somewhat different, as MTN isn’t the...