JUST IN: FG relaxes ban on new SIM Card activation​

JUST IN: FG relaxes ban on new SIM Card activation​

JUST IN: FG terminates ban on new SIM card activation ​ Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the activation of new SIM Card with mandatory National Identification Number (NIN) in line with the revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card registration. A statement from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, today explained that this is in line with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, Section 23(a), which specifies the role of the Minister to include the formulation, determination and monitoring of the general policy for the communications sector. In line with…

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NCC sets new rules for collocation and infrastructure sharing

NCC sets new rules for collocation and infrastructure sharing

NCC sets new rules for collocation and infrastructure sharing     The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has released fresh guidelines bounding on access provider for rejecting any request for telecoms infrastructure sharing and collocation. According to a 31-page document containing the guidelines obtained by Business Metrics from the commission, the NCC sounds tough against practices capable of jeorpardising essence of the collocation and infrastructure sharing. The NCC stated that while an access provider has the right to refuse an application for infrastructure sharing by another player, the refusal can only…

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Ethiopian Telecoms Deregulation: MTN, Telkom, Etisalat, others jostle for two operating licences

Ethiopian Telecoms Deregulation

Ethiopian Telecoms Deregulation: MTN, Telkom, Etisalat, others jostle for two operating licences     The race among telecoms behemoths is getting fiercer by the day as the Ethiopian government announced an extension of deadline for the submission of bids for two available telecommunications operator licences. The country had late last year announced plans to deregulate its telecoms sector and open the space for private participation, a development meant to enrich the coffers of the government on the one hand and stimulate dynamic innovation and healthy competition in the sector on…

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NCC sensitises telecom consumers at 2021 Enugu International Trade Fair

Enugu International Trade Fair

NCC sensitises telecom consumers at 2021 Enugu International Trade Fair     The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in line with its tradition of exploring avenues to engage with telecom consumers, has taken advantage of the opportunity of this year’s edition of the Enugu International Trade Fair to enlighten telecom consumers on their rights and privileges within the telecommunications sector. Addressing a large audience of telecom consumers during the NCC Special Day held at recently-concluded 32nd Enugu International Trade Fair organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), the Executive…

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NCC Renews MTN’s Licence For 10 Years

NCC Renews MTN’s Licence For 10 Years

NCC Renews MTN’s Licence For 10 Years   Telecommunications regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has renewed the operating licence of MTN Nigeria, it has been learnt. According to the licensees’ database of the Commission, MTN’s current Unified Access Services (UAS) licence, which is to expire by August 31, 2021, has now been extended by another 10 years to expire on August 31, 2031. MTN’s operating spectrum, which was issued along with the digital-mobile licence in 2001, had an original expiry date of February 2016. The company, however, paid the sum…

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Deepening Broadband: NCC urges Nigerian govs to waiver Right of Way charges

NCC urges Nigerian govs to waiver Right of Way charges

Deepening Broadband: NCC urges Nigerian govs to waiver Right of Way charges     The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has encouraged state governors in the country by consider waivering Right of Way (RoW) charges to accelerate the pace of broadband penetration in their respective states. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Commission had identified, RoW, charges as a major limiting factor to provision of broadband services in Nigeria, as it slows down network deployment with the cost of the limited capacities ultimately passed to the subscribers. Addressing the…

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NIN-SIM April Deadline: Court forbids FG from blocking SIM cards

JUST IN: FG relaxes ban on new SIM Card activation​

NIN-SIM April Deadline: Court forbids FG from blocking SIM cards     A Federal High Court in Lagos State has barred the Federal Government from blocking SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers next month. The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy had, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), asked operators to block all SIM cards not linked to NIN by April 6, 2021. The deadline had caused many Nigerians to gather at offices of the National Identity Management Commission in disregard of COVID-19 protocols. However, a former second…

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Pantami lists 11 progress areas on 70% broadband target

70% broadband target

Pantami lists 11 progress areas on 70% broadband target     As the target to achieve at least 70 per cent broadband penetration in Nigeria remains a priority to stakeholders in the country, Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy has reveased 11 areas of progress recorded so far. The Minister made the revelation while delivering his keynote address at the Virtual Structured Engagement with Key Stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecom & ICT Sector on the New National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 held on Thursday by the…

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ATCON envisages more than 10% broadband growth in 2021

Broadband

ATCON envisages more than 10% broadband growth in 2021     Despite its recent declines as a result of ongoing audit of telecoms customer databases, broadband penetration in Nigeria is expected by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) to grow more than 10 per cent this year. The optimism was expressed by Ikechukwu Nnamani, the President of the association in his welcome address at a Virtual Structured Engagement with Key Stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecom & ICT Sector on the New National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 held…

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Airtel Africa sells 1424 towers in Madagascar, Malawi for $119m

Airtel Africa sells 1424 towers

Airtel Africa sells 1424 towers towers in Madagascar, Malawi for $108m   Commences process to sell 1000 others in Chad, Gabon Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries across Africa, today announces the signing of agreements to sell its telecommunications tower companies in Madagascar and Malawi to Helios Towers Plc a leading independent telecommunications infrastructure company in Africa. In a corporate filling at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the Group said its tower portfolios in these two markets together comprise…

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