MTN, Orange and Viettel fined $6 million in Cameroon for improper SIM registration

The Cameroonian government has slapped Orange, Viettel and MTN with XAF3.5 billion ($6 million) fine for failing to properly register SIM cards and not meeting network improvement targets, according to the Cameroon Press Agency.

Orange received a XAF1.5 billion ($2.55 million) fine, while the other two operators ( MTN and Viettel) were charged XAF1 billion ($1.7 million) each by Cameroon’s telecom’s industry regulator, Telecommunications Regulatory Agency.

(TOP: The Cameroonian flag. Image: VideoBlocks).

In a statement, the regulator said all three operators had failed to comply with rules set out in September 2015 related to the registration of SIM cards and identification of customers, adding that the telcos had also been warned for not honouring commitments to improve the quality of their networks which were not improving. The country’s authorities also demanded wholesale rates were cut in some areas, with the aim of reducing consumer prices.

The three telcos are the market leaders in terms of subscriber numbers in the country, accounting for more than 99 per cent of Cameroon’s 21.9 million subscribers.

MTN has the majority of the subscribers with 9 million customers, followed by Orange with 7.3 million while Viettel-owned Nexttel serves 5.5 million clients according to GSMA Intelligence connection figures for the first quarter of this year.

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