Wednesday, 24 February 2016

MTN Pays $250 Million Fine



South African mobile phone operator MTN Group withdrew its lawsuit against Nigeria's regulator over a $3.9 billion fine and paid $250 million toward a possible settlement.

A judge in Lagos last month gave both parties until March 18 to reach a settlement, after MTN had asked the court to arbitrate over the dispute, saying the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had no legal grounds to order the fine.

MTN, which makes 37 percent of its sales in Nigeria, said it would withdraw its court challenge in an effort to reach an amicable settlement and make a "good faith payment" of $250 million toward a possible settlement.

"This is a sign that the fine could be reduced much further. There is some sort of negotiation taking place and the parties are migrating towards a common ground," said Dobek Pater, managing director of Africa Analysis.