ABUJA Feb 27 Nigeria's telecoms regulator has
fined mobile operators MTN, Airtel and Globacom a
combined 647.5 million naira ($4 million) and banned them from
selling SIM cards in March due to poor service, it said on
Globacom, which is owned by Nigerian billionaire Mike
Adenuga, was fined 277.5 million naira, while South Africa's MTN
and Airtel, which is owned by India's Bharti Airtel,
were each fined 185 million naira, the Nigerian Communications
Commission (NCC) said in a statement.
The NCC will charge each company 2.5 million naira for every
day the fine is not paid after March 7, it said. The month-long
ban on selling SIM cards in a country of around 170 million
people could be the most damaging.
The penalties were imposed because the operators had failed
to meet key performance indicators in January, the NCC said.
(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by