MTN Group and Airtel Africa were given the green light to resume the sale of new Sim cards in Nigeria following the implementation of a new policy linking them to national ID numbers.
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Nigeria’s demand that all of MTN’s 75 million subscribers be registered with national ID numbers in two weeks might seem like the authorities are gunning for it once again. It’s more nuanced than that.
Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator has ordered mobile phone users to link their devices to their national identity numbers, raising the prospect of millions of lines being blocked.