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Call Masking: NCC to Impose Sanctions

The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC says it will impose the maximum  penalties on any of its licensees implicated in the practice of masking of international telephone calls as this is criminal and a total embarrassment to the image of the country.

The Executive Commissioner Stakeholders Management in  NCC, Mr. Sunday Dare, stated this  while speaking to newsmen in Lagos.

He said though the commission has no  plan to revoke the license of any of the Interconnect Clearinghouse operators, who are presently being queried on the allegations of call masking which entails the appearance of local number while international call is on,  the worst that could happen to any of the Interconnect Clearinghouse operators found culpable is to sanction or suspend its license.

Mr Dare explained that the NCC is reviewing the responses of the Interconnect Clearinghouses based on the allegations of call masking, and the outcome would determine which of the licenses would either be suspended or sanctioned,  pointing out that revocation of license will be the last resort because the commission wants to ensure that the telecom industry remains healthy.

Mr Dare said the Interconnect Clearing houses are presently cooperating with the commission and the outcome would be made public in the next one week.

The Nigerian Communications Commission is investigating the Interconnect Clearinghouses namely: Medallion Communications Limited, Interconnect Cleaning House Nigeria Limited, Niconnx Communication Limited, Breeze Micro Limited, Solid Interconnectivity and Exchange Telecommunications Limited, as a result of security implications of call masking to Nigeria as a country.

Chioma Ezike/Lagos.

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