NCC clarifies speculations about imminent mass disconnection of telecom subscribers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

While emphasising that the current exercise of linking National Identity Numbers (NINs) to SIM cards is for the common good of all Nigerian consumers of telecommunication products and services, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has cleared the air on speculations of impending mass disconnection of telephone subscribers in the country.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, said this in a statement Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, noted the speculations arose as a result of numerous publications in both the print and electronic media on the ongoing linkage of SIM registration records with the National Identity Numbers (NINs).

Adinde said: “Most of these publications are based on the erroneous assumption that for every network or SIM connection, there is one unique human subscriber.

“However, with the advent of social media and App-driven digital environment, network subscription went beyond human subscribers to include machines like PoS, Routers, WiFi devices, electricity meters, CCTV, tracking devices, etc.”

According to him, a recent survey conducted in Nigeria showed that there were approximately four to five SIMs to every human network subscriber.

“This explains the basis of allowing the linkage of up to seven SIMs to one unique NIN in the recently launched Federal Government Portal.

“Thus, if there are 43 million Nigerians with NINs, this could account for about 172 million SIMs already linked to NINs,” stated he.

The NCC Director of Public Affairs, in the statement, “it is very important to emphasise that the current exercise of linking NIN to SIMs is for the common good of all Nigerians, as it has far-reaching benefits.

“Apart from enhancing our general safety, this will help in such vital exercises like national budgeting, policy planning, social intervention programmes and many more.”

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