Following a spectrum monitoring exercise conducted by the Commission, it was discovered that Visafone Communications Limited was operating in the 800 MHz band thereby causing interference to Smile Communications Limited.
Consequently the Commission directed Visafone Communications Limited to switch off all CDMA signal in the 800 MHz band entering into Ikeja, Lagos area. This directive was monitored and compliance confirmed accordingly.
Layer 3 Limited, one of the internet service and metropolitan fibre optic network operators with outstanding financial obligations in the sum of N34, 066,537.28 (Thirty-four Million, Sixty-six Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty- seven Naira, Twenty-eight kobo) being Annual Operating Levy (AOL) due to the Commission was directed to make full payment during the period as a precondition for renewal of its expired licence.
During the quarter, the Commission conducted a compliance monitoring exercise on Automated Vehicular Tracking Service (AVTS) Licensees.
Given the peculiar security issues associated with the provision of vehicle tracking services and given concerns of increasing activities of illegal operators in this market segment it became most imperative that a comprehensive compliance monitoring checks is done.
Our monitoring checks centered on the following areas: .
Pursuant to the Commission's goal of sustaining the integrity of the Mobile Number Portability Scheme in the country, the Commission has continued to monitor the porting process with a view to ensuring strict adherence to the MNP Regulation 2014 in addition to the business rules. To this end, a system audit of operator's MNP Platform and Short Message Service Center (SMSC) was carried out during the period.
In Quarter 2 2016, this exercise focused attention on reviewing all rejected port requests by the Donor within the period to ensure that these rejections were made for valid reasons consistent with the MNP Business Rules.
Following the avalanche of complaints from telecoms Subscribers on the menace of unsolicited text messages and nuisance calls from mobile network operators in the industry, the Commission issued a Direction to all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on 19th April, 2016 to dedicate short code 2442 on their networks for use by subscribers to opt-in to the ''Do Not Disturb'' database restricting unsolicited marketing messages (Voice and SMS) on their mobile lines.
All mobile network operators (MNO) have been directed to ensure full compliance to the above direction by 1st July, 2016 otherwise risk a fine of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira) only.
The Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement Department has drawn a monitoring plan and held series of engagement sessions with critical stakeholders to ensure hitch-free implementation and full compliance with this important regulation.
As part of the strategy to address the issues of multiple taxations and regulations in the Nigerian telecommunications industry, the Commission had facilitated the establishment of the Industry Working Group (IWG) on multiple taxations/regulations.
The Commission hosted a successful IWG meeting on April 7, 2016 which was chaired by the Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta. Also in attendance were Managing Directors/Chief Executives of telecom operating companies and top management.
A key highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the proposed Alternative Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Nigerian Telecommunications industry presented by Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service (EMTS). There has been a general concern in the industry that the current EIA process affects the fast deployment of telecommunications infrastructure required for good quality of service in the country. At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that all other operators should review the proposal and forward their comments to the Commission.
In the same vein, the Commission has set up a regulatory intervention team that would at very short notice, intervene and engage other government agencies with a view to resolving urgent cases and threats to critical telecoms infrastructure across the country.