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Why NCC Suspends Issuance of Licenses in Three Categories

Why NCC Suspends Issuance of Licenses in Three Categories

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has temporarily suspended the issuance of new licenses in three categories. The suspension aims to allow for a thorough review of the telecommunications landscape within these categories.

The NCC announced the suspension on Friday, May 17th, 2024, through a public notice. The categories affected include the Interconnect Exchange License, Mobile Virtual Network Operator License, Value Added Service Aggregator License.

The Commission highlighted its statutory powers under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 as the basis for the suspension. This act empowers the NCC to grant and renew licenses, promote fair competition and develop the Communications Industry.

The temporary suspension will allow the NCC to examine critical areas within the aforementioned license categories. These areas include the current level of competition, market saturation and the prevailing market dynamics.

The public notice states that new applications for the suspended licenses will not be accepted during the period. However, pending applications will still be considered based on merit.

The NCC encourages interested parties to reach out for clarification via email at licensing@ncc.gov.ng.

Industry stakeholders have expressed mixed reactions to the NCC’s decision. Some have lauded the move, stating that a review is necessary to ensure a healthy telecoms environment. Others have expressed concerns that the suspension may stifle innovation.

The NCC’s decision to temporarily halt the issuance of these licenses underscores its commitment to fostering a robust telecoms sector in Nigeria. The review process is expected to provide valuable insights that will guide future policy direction.

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