Central Equipment Identity Registry (CEIR)
Nigeria's two largest mobile network operators, MTN
and Zain, have agreed to sign up to a centralized
lost/stolen handset database after a
funding agreement was brokered by
the telecommunications regulator.
The Central Equipment Identity Registry (CEIR)
service provider, Netvisa, will operate
the database independently of the operators.
Under terms of the agreement, the operators
will pay the management fees to Netvisa,
but then reduce their annual
numbering fees paid to the regulator.
The deal lasts for two years, and it is presumed
that when the contract expires, that the operators
will levy the charge direct to the subscriber bills.
Active mobile subscriber base on GSM and
CDMA mobile networks in Nigeria reached
66,418,011 lines at Q2 2009, a development that
will see Netvisa raking in some
N3.2 billion ($21 million) in earnings from
subscribers when all other mobile operators
join MTN and Zain in interconnecting
the CEIR network.
"That is money earned from doing
absolutely nothing", an executive of a
telecommunications company who is conversant
with the development said, on condition
of anonymity, at the weekend while also citing
that operators have come under pressure
to connect the controversy-ridden CEIR
service provider, Netvisa.
The regulator pegged the rate of 40 kobo
per subscriber for the phone blocking service
after Netvisa's proposal for a higher price
was resisted by operators, who also
expressed dissatisfaction with the selection
process that saw the emergence of Netvisa
as the preferred candidate to provide
the single database of blacklisted
phones in the country.
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