The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has directed operators in the telecommunication industry to begin data rollover from June 26.
NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Garba Umar Danbatta made this known when he played host to the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in Abuja on Thursday.
Danbatta, who was represented by Head of Information and Reference Unit of the commission, Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, directed that telecom operators must henceforth add a subscriber’s unused or unfinished data to his/her new or next data subscription as from June 26, 2018.
Before this new directive from the NCC, subscribers’ unfinished or unused data subscription automatically became useless to as soon as it hit the expiry date.
According to the NCC boss, failure by the operators to start implementing the directive would attract N5m fine on each subscriber which they failed to roll over.
“The NCC has directed the telecom service providers in the country to begin the implementation of data rollover on June 26, 2018. They have been duly informed about this and they have also been given adequate time to prepare their networks for it.
“Failure to implement this will attract N5m fine on the first of failure on each SIM card and N500,000 on each day that follows the first default date.
“All these are to ensure that the consumers’ rights, privileges and interests are adequately protected,” he said.
The Commission also gave the operators mid-July, 2018 to commence payment of N165bn interconnect debt. Interconnect debt results when an operator fails to settle the cost of termination of service rendered to it by another operator in the industry.
“Deadline has been given, mid-July, for the payment plan to commence. Debtors should start paying and those who are being owed should start receiving”, he said.