NCC restricts Nigerians under 18 years acquiring SIM cards

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has prohibited residents under a long time from enlisting and claiming a SIM card in Nigeria.

This was contained in a draft duplicate of the changed Enrollment of Phone Endorsers Guidelines distributed on the commission’s site, as of late.

In the modified regulations, NCC required telecoms operators to only include anyone above the age of 18.

The new regulations reads in part;

“Subscriber means a person not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee.

The Licensee refers to ‘a provider of communications services that utilises a subscription medium in the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

The event, tagged Public Inquiry on the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, alongside the draft SIM Replacement Guidelines and the draft Spectrum Trading Guideline, was held at the NCC head office in Abuja on Tuesday.

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According to reports, during the public inquiry which was held physically and virtually, key stakeholders including MTN, asked the commission to revise the age limit.

MTN asked the commission to make the age limit 14 years and above.

This was contained in a draft duplicate of the changed Enrollment of Phone Endorsers Guidelines distributed on the commission’s site, as of late.

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