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South African Lawmakers to Question MTN on Nigeria Fine

  • Telecommunications committee plans MTN hearings next year
  • Nigeria renewed MTN's licence while talks over fine continue

South African lawmakers plan to summon MTN Group Ltd. officials to explain why the company was fined $5.2 billion by Nigeria’s industry regulator for failing to disconnect customers with unregistered phone cards.

The fine is “a worrying issue,” Nkhensani Kubayi, chairwoman of Parliament’s telecommunications committee, said by phone from Cape Town on Wednesday. The panel also intends summoning the South African industry regulator to determine whether MTN is compliant with local rules, with hearings likely to take place next year, she said.