NCC targets consumer protection, infrastructure expansion

Having recorded some regulatory strides in 2020, amid economic headwinds occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has highlighted the key areas that will form the fulcrum of its activities this year. Accordingly, the NCC intends to positively impact the telecoms industry, especially in terms of improved service experiences for holders of the […]

Regulatory impacts on telecoms sector in 2020

ADEYEMI ADEPETUN, in this report, examines the roles regulations played in shaping growth of the telecoms sector in the last one year. For the telecommunications sector, 2020 has been eventful across the globe. The importance of the sector was underscored by the Coronavirus pandemic.  The virus, which has remained a dreaded scourge, gave wings to technological […]

FG okays N654m for hybrid spectrum against illegal frequencies in S’East

Approves $3.02b Port Harcourt-Maiduguri narrow guage project, others The Federal Government, yesterday, approved N653.8m to procure and deploy hybrid spectrum monitoring system to tame activities of illegal broadcast frequencies in the South East. This followed Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) approval of a memo, which sought to strengthen the security and Nigeria’s territorial integrity through adequate […]

‘Telcos should resist RoW tariff hike by states’

• Executive Order on Critical National Infrsatructure imminent• Operators decry paucity of Forex, insecurit The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has asked telecommunications operators to resist any move by states to hike Right of Way (RoW) tariffs. The Minister said tariff hike was part of the agenda resolved when his team […]

Buhari asks Senate to confirm Danbatta as NCC vice chairman for second term

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has asked the Senate to confirm the reappointment of Umar Danbatta for a second term of five years as the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Office of the Nigerian Communications Commission. Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the President’s letter requesting the confirmation during plenary on Tuesday. “President […]

How telcos can rebuild Nigeria in wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on all social and economic sectors. In just three months, the pandemic has left tears, sweats and blood on the people and the economy. For Nigeria, the pandemic is an eye-opener and a rude welcome to a new normal- knowledge economy. Lagos state relies heavily on knowledge […]

Senate urges suspension of 5G network deployment in Nigeria

Canvasses decentralised police force, community policing The Senate has asked the Federal Government to suspend the planned deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) network in Nigeria pending the resolution of all issues thrown up by the new technology. Adopting a motion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwenife (PDP, Anambra Central) at plenary yesterday in Abuja, the upper […]

MTN Nigeria warns of near-term outlook

JOHANNESBURG – MTN Nigeria yesterday warned that its near-term outlook was challenging due to macroeconomic disruptions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and weak oil prices. Chief executive Ferdi Moolman said that while the company had an upbeat view of the prospects for the business in 2020, on the back of the strong performance […]