The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has banned all promotions and lotteries being run by telecoms companies with immediate effect. This is because the commission, in recent times, had been inundated with complaints from consumers and industry stakeholders against such fraudulent promos.
In a statement by the NCC’s Public Affairs Director, Mr. Tony Ojobo, the commission said the ban would remain in force until the commission deemed fit.
The affected telecoms operators include Globacom, MTN Nigeria, Intercellular Limited, Visafone, Etisalat, Airtel Network Limited and Multi-Links Telecoms Limited. NCC said the ban includes “all promotions by telecommunications network operators and lotteries being carried out on such networks.”
It covers all proposed and approved promotions and lotteries on which the commission has given approval further to the memorandum of understanding, MoU, entered into with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission.
“On-net calls were now being offered by operators at tariffs well below the prevailing interconnects rates thereby introducing anti-competitive practices and behaviour…. Overall consumer experience on the networks has become very poor, thereby making it extremely difficult for subscribers to make calls successfully,” the NCC added.