Fresh trouble as Rwanda fines MTN $8.5million over breach of license

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[MTN]–South Africa’s MTN Group Rwanda has been fined $8.5million by Rwanda’s telecom industry regulator for breaching its license by running its IT services outside the country in Uganda.

According to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority Spokesman Anthony Kulamba, “they are punished for relocating their IT services outside Rwanda, and this was deliberate”.

While acknowledging the receipt of the fine, the Group said it “has been engaging with the regulator on this matter over the past four months.

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“MTN Rwanda is currently studying the official notification and will continue to engage with the regulator on this matter,” it said in a statement.

In October 2016, the company was fined $5.2 billion by the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for failing to disconnect unregistered SIM cards.

The fine was first reduced to N780b and later to N330b in a settlement as earlier reported by the page.

The telecoms company has already paid 80 billion Naira of the total amount of the fine which is due for payment in six installments over three years.

The remaining tranches of the payment include that MTN will on March 31, 2018 (N55 billion), December 31, 2018 (N55 billion), March 31, 2019 (N55 billion) and the balance of N55 billion on May 31, 2019.

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