Nigerian commission reduces MTN fine

December 3, 2015, 10:32am

By Business Day Live, Picture: Freddy Mavunda

THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has agreed to reduce MTN’s fine to $3.4bn, payable no later than December 31.

MTN said on Thursday it had received the formal letter from the commission on Wednesday and was "carefully considering" a reply.

"The executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, will immediately and urgently re-engage with the Nigerian authorities before responding formally, as it is essential for the company to follow due process to ensure the best outcome ... all factors having a bearing on the situation will be thoroughly and carefully considered before the company arrives at a final decision," the company said.

MTN Nigeria had originally been fined $5.2bn by the commission for failing to deactivate 5.1-million unregistered SIM cards on its network.

Nigeria is MTN’s biggest market with 62-million customers, followed by SA.