Extended Deadline: Nigerian Communications Commission Grants Telecos More Time for NIN-SIM Linkage

by - 04:26:00


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a directive to telecommunication companies, extending the deadline for the disconnection of telephone lines not linked to National Identification Numbers (NINs) from April 15, 2024, to July 31, 2024.

According to a reliable source within the telecommunication sector, this decision was communicated to telcos via a letter, following careful consideration of various challenges and requests for extensions.

The extension, as disclosed by the source, particularly targets individuals with four SIMs linked to a single phone line. It aims to provide additional time for these users to complete the linkage process.

The disconnection process, which commenced in February, was initially rolled out in three phases. The first phase took place on February 28, 2024, followed by the second phase on Friday, March 29, 2024.

Originally set for April 15, 2024, the third phase has now been rescheduled to commence on July 31, 2024, providing a further extension period.

During the initial deadline on February 28, 2024, approximately 40 million lines not linked to NINs were barred, according to the industry regulator.

While the exact number of lines affected by the recent deadline remains uncertain, telecom companies are expected to continue with the process of disconnecting lines not linked with NINs.

Telecom operators are instructed to prioritize the verification of existing subscribers over new ones during this extended period, ensuring a smooth transition for users as they comply with the regulatory requirements.

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