Tuesday November 29, 2022

Research & Development

The Research and Development (R&D) activities of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) involve conducting and supporting cutting edge research into emerging technologies that promote the better understanding of trends in the Telecommunications industry, and provide information/data to support the development of necessary strategies, standards and guidelines, and championing telecommunications-based innovations that provide life changing solutions to societal challenges.

To this end, the R&D Department of the NCC provides grants to support research by leading academics and researchers from Nigerian tertiary institutions, and holds regular competitions e.g. "Hackathons" open to technology hubs and Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDE) to stimulate innovation and development in the telecommunications and digital economy sector in Nigeria.

Click here for the current List of Ongoing Research Grant Projects

Click here for the list List of Competition Winners


Technological penetration is the rate at which a specific technical innovation becomes adopted into the everyday life of individuals within a social group. One of the indices by which a nation’s growth and advancement can be measured is by technological endowment and penetration, not by the level of her endowment in natural and human resources.

This Research specifically examines the various challenges of technology penetration in Nigeria due to requisite infrastructure deficit and the role Public Private Partnerships and Government can play in closing the gap if a conducive environment is created. It also identifies factors that may threaten its success, as well as, policy frameworks that will enhance its success and suitability in Nigeria.

Download: pdf Challenges of Technology Penetration in an Infrastructure Deficit Economy (Nigeria Perspective) (2.45 MB)

Due to serious complaints of unsolicited text messages by the Consumers the Nigerian Communications Commission as a foremost Regulator, after various efforts at mitigating the problem, issued a Direction to the Mobile Network Operators with effect from July 1, 2016, to activate the “DO NOT DISTURB” facility which gives Subscribers the freedom to choose to receive or not to receive Promotional messages from the various networks and other telemarketers through their phones. With this Direction, the Operators were mandated to dedicate a common Short Code (2442) which will provide Subscribers control to reject all promotional SMS and calls (Full DND), or from only select categories of telemarketers (partial DND).

The purpose of this Research is to study the impact of DND service ‘2442’ short code in effective telecoms consumer complaints management.

Download:  pdf Study On The Impact of DND Service 2442 Short Code in Effective Telecoms Consumer Complaints Management (1.11 MB)

There are over 40 different taxes and levies meted out upon the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) carrying out telecoms services in Nigeria. Although these taxes serve as critical sources of revenue for the various tiers of Government in Nigeria, there are nonetheless severe national consequences of over-taxation. Over taxation limits the prospects of rollout of a National digital economy’s because it impedes network expansion efforts by Telecoms Operators and hinders further build out advancements and investments. It also limits Operator efforts at mobile penetration and digital inclusion as some of these taxes are being passed to consumers.

The aim of this research is to establish the quantum of charges on Telecoms companies in Nigeria by State Governments and examine its effect on the Access Gap per State and in turn, the National Digital Economy Agenda.

Download: pdf Compendium on Taxes, Levies And Fees By State Governments On Telecoms Operators In Nigeria And Its Effect On The National Digital Economy Agenda (3.69 MB)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is mandated to encourage effective research and development efforts by the Academia and other practitioners in the communications’ industry, with the goal of building the indigenous capacity of manufacturers and improving the overall supply chain, within the Nigerian economy.

Consequently, and as part of the Commission’s objective of entrenching telecommunications-based innovations in sustaining growth of the Industry and enhancing the contribution of the Sector to national development, the Commission is instituting a Research Fellowship Programme in 2020. This Programme will advance the Academia – Telecommunications Industry Partnership through collaborative work on providing solutions to issues of emerging technologies and other Industry challenges.

Download the following document at the link below to read more about the NCC Research Fellowship Programme.

One disruptive technology that is changing the way the world operates is Artificial Intelligence (AI). As the science and advancement of AI develops, smart technologies are increasingly being deployed and will have profound ethical, psychological, social, economic, and legal consequences for human society and our planet. Artificial autonomous agents are simply the next stage in the development of technology.

Autonomous agents perceive, decide, and act on their own. In summary, autonomous agents behave as humans. This is a radical, qualitative change in our technology and in our image of technology. This raises concerns ofthe fact that AI agents could in the future, take unwanted actions that result in dire consequences.

Due to the constant development and wide deployment of AI technology (in areas such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, agriculture, Smart Cities amongst others) in the ICT sector, AI continuously undergoes change cycles that result in new emerging ethical, social and legal issues.

This has already initiated the transformation of our societies, and the emergence of ethical, legal and social challenges leading to a collective debate on the potential positive and negative impact of AI, and if we can indeed allow these systems to occupy human roles.

Hence, this paper, sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), aims to dissect AI, its impact on society and the ethical considerations concerning its wide deployment by focusing on the following research questions:

  1. How does AI impact the society?
  2. What are the ethical considerations related to AI?
  3. Can AI be regulated? If so, how?

 Download:   pdf Ethical and Societal Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (596 KB)