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MTN asks for 'leniency' on $5.2 billion Nigeria fine: source
November 3, 2015 / 1:02 PM / 2 years ago

MTN asks for 'leniency' on $5.2 billion Nigeria fine: source

A man speaks on a mobile phone as he walks past a MTN shop at a shopping mall south of Johannesburg June 6, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

LAGOS (Reuters) - South Africa’s MTN has written to authorities in Nigeria asking for “leniency” and requesting a review of a $5.2 billion fine imposed on the telecoms provider for failing to cut off unregistered SIM card users, a regulatory source said on Tuesday.

MTN sent a copy of the letter addressed to telecommunications regulator NCC to Nigeria’s presidency, the source said, without providing specific details about the review. A second source confirmed MTN had sent a letter.

Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha and Felix Onuah; editing by Ulf Laessing and Jason Neely

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