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NCC will apply sanction against any provider if porting is denied

By on May 25, 2013

The Director, Public Affairs, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Tony Ojobo, said that the commission would apply sanction if any anti-competitive behaviour was established against any service operators on porting issues.

Ojobo said on Thursday in Abuja that porting to any network could not be denied by service providers for whatever reason.

He said that the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) regulations clearly spelt out the responsibilities of the telecomm operators, the MNP clearing house and the commission.

Ojobo said that the provisions in the regulation of MNP indicated that porting request to any network could not be denied except if a subscriber was owing or had issues of false identity.

He explained that false registration was when a person who made a request for porting was not the person that was captured in the data base during the SIM registration.

Ojobo added that a SIM that was not registered could be denied porting to any network.

He said that if the above issues were not the case, then porting to any network was meant to be completed within 24 hours according to the MNP regulations.

“We want Nigerians to be rest assured that all of these challenges will be dealt with; the commission will apply sanction where there is need for us to do so.

“Where we find out that there are any anti-competition behaviour on the part of any network there would be sanction because we have the provision in our Act to deal with anti-competitive behaviour.

“And also the MNP regulations have spelled out what NCC should do in an event of any of such behaviour.

“So we want the Nigeria consumers to be patient; am apologising for the initial challenges, but within a short time am sure all these will be a thing of the past,’’ Ojobo said.

He advised that if porting was not completed within the time frame given in the regulation, the person making the request should report to the recipient operator.

Ojobo added that if the subscriber did not get any response, that subscriber should report to NCC stating the particular network that was not letting him or her to port.

He said that such subscriber would need to give specific information on the day the request was made, the place the request was made, the network the person was porting from and the network porting to.

Ojobo gave the assurance that once the commission got the above reports, it would deal with the matter.




[Daily Times]