The following are the Public Notices issued by the Nigerian Communications Commission. By the publication of these notices in print, broadcast or online, the Commission seeks to inform the public of developments and upcoming actions relating to its activites and the Nigerian telecommunications industry.
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Nigeria Takes Broadband Internet Campaign to ITU Telecom World 2017. The participation of Nigeria at the yearly International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conference will focus on deepening the growing broadband segment of the market in the country.
The event is due to hold in Busan, South Korea, from September 25 – 28, 2017.
Expectedly, the high level delegation will be led by the Honourable Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu. Nigeria’s Chief Telecoms Regulator and Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, industry stakeholders and operators will be on the delegation.
ITU Telecom World event is the global platform to accelerate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations for social and economic development where policy makers and regulators meet industry experts, investors, SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators. The Nigerian Communications Commission is seeking to select some of the most outstanding SMEs and Innovators in the ICT Sector to showcase their services and products to a global audience at the ITU Telecom World 2017 in Busan, South Korea.
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The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a planned takeover of Etisalat by a consortium of banks. As a result of this planned action the Commission wishes to state as follows:
- The Commission is aware of the indebtedness of Etisalat to the consortium of banks;
- In conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it mediated by holding several meetings with the banks, Etisalat and other stakeholders with a view to finding a resolution;
- Regrettably these meetings did not yield the desired results.
- The NCC wishes to reassure the over 21 million Etisalat subscribers that it will do all within its regulatory power to ensure that Etisalat subscribers continue to enjoy the services provided by the operator.
The Commission has taken proactive steps to cushion the impact of the takeover, this is without prejudice to the ongoing effort between Etisalat and the banks toward negotiated settlement.
In view of the recent development, NCC wishes to reassure all stakeholders in the telecommunications sector in particular the subscribers on the Etisalat Network that the Commission will ensure that the integrity of Etisalat Network is not compromised.
Accordingly, the Commission has drawn the attention of the banks to provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 Section 38:
Sub section 1 – The grant of a license shall be personal to the licensee and the license shall not be operated by, assigned, sub licensed or transferred to another party unless the prior written approval of the commission has been granted;
Sub section 2 – A licensee shall at all times comply by the terms and condition of the license and the provision of this act and its subsidiary legislation.
Whilst the banks and Etisalat are working at resolving the issues, the Commission wishes to assure subscribers that they will continue to enjoy the services provided by Etisalat.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC
Tuesday, June 20, 2017