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Telcos Seek Subscribers’ Understanding over Suspension of Activation of New SIM Cards

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), an umbrella body of all Telecommunications operators in Nigeria has urged subscribers of their network to exercise patience in view of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s directive to all telecom operators (telcos) to immediately suspend the sale and activation of new SIM cards on their respective networks to enable a smooth and seamless audit exercise.

In a statement signed by Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman of ALTON, the association explained that the suspension is in line with the Federal Government desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September, 2019, as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to embark on another audit of the subscriber registration database again.

“This suspension is expected to be lifted upon the conclusion of the audit and normalcy will again return to the SIM acquisition and registration process by the NCC.

“ALTON regrets any inconveniences that this disruption will cause and seeks the understanding of Nigerian subscribers for a holistic alignment with Federal Government’s objectives in this regard.

“ALTON further assures the public of its members’ cooperation and compliance with this NCC and Federal Government’s directive, and will partner with them towards an expedited conclusion of the audit exercise,” the statement added.

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