MTN in Talks with Rwandan Authorities over Payment of $8.5m Fine

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Africa’s telecommunication giant, MTN has confirmed it is engaged in discussions with the Rwandan authorities over a payment plan for the R111 million ($8.5 million) fine that was imposed on it for issues bothering on non-compliance.

The South African-headquartered telco revealed this week that it had accepted the verdict of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority to pay the multi-million dollar fine over its non-compliance to a regulation prohibiting the inclusion of MTN Rwanda in the MTN South and East Africa (SEA) IT hub based in Uganda.

Following the verdict, MTN has said it will look to continue engagements with the authorities over working out a suitable payment schedule.

“We have taken the necessary steps to address the regulator’s non-compliance concerns of the year 2014. We are currently in discussions with the regulator to agree on the terms of settling the fine,” said MTN Rwanda chief executive, Bart Hofker.

In 2016, MTN Nigeria was also fined $5.2 billion for failing to disconnect 5.1 million sim cards that were not registered in Nigeria.

However, after extensive discussion, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) agreed to a reduced $1.67 billion settlement with the GSM service provider.

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