LAGOS, Nigeria: South African telecoms giant MTN has paid nearly $100m of a $1.7bn fine for failing to disconnect unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria.
"MTN has paid 30 billion naira ($98m, €92m) as part of the fine," Tony Ojobo, spokesman for Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) said. "The payment is in furtherance of the agreed timetable for payment of the total fine."
He said MTN had already paid 80 billion naira of the total fine of 330 billion naira and that the company was expected to pay the next tranche of the fine "based on the payment schedule agreed by the two parties."
An MTN source in Nigeria confirmed the payment.
"Yes, we have made another payment. It's in fulfilment of our financial obligations to the NCC regarding the fine," he said, without giving details.
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