How telecoms sector led the charge to lift Nigeria out of recession

How telecoms sector led the charge to lift Nigeria out of recession

As sector boosts GDP by 12.45%   Nigeria’s telecommunications industry, regulated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is one of the sectors whose performance lifted the country out of recession in the fourth quarter of 2020, contributing 12.45 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), telecommunications & Information Services under Information and Communication grew by 17.64 per cent in Q4 2020 from 17.36 per cent in Q3 2020 and 10.26 per cent in Q4 2019. In the…

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ATCON expresses worries over N15trn telecoms infrastructure gap

N15trn telecoms infrastructure gap

ATCON expresses worries over N15trn telecoms infrastructure gap   Concerned by the funding gap of required telecoms infrastructure in Nigeria, the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has asked the Nigerian government for further support to bridge the gap. It has been estimated that the Nigerian telecoms and Information Communication Technology sector is faced with N15 trillion infrastructure deficit. Ikechukwu Nnamani, the ATCON president made the request on Thursday as he led the National Executive Council (NEC) of the advocacy body on a familiarization visit to the Communications and…

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Unlocking the Potential of eSIM for Consumers

By SAID ZANTOUT ESIM has become a hot topic among device manufacturers and its increasing role in the industry is clear – as device manufacturers benefit from lower costs and more space on the processing board . Moreover, eSIM helps service providers to generate new revenue streams, and a future of billions of IoT connected devices During 2019, two major smartphone manufacturers announced several of their models were now equipped with eSIM functionality. In 2020, many more are following suit. By 2025, GSMA estimates that more than 2 billion eSIM…

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Arrest, prosecution await illegal users of GSM boosters, NCC threatens

Arrest, prosecution await illegal users of GSM boosters, NCC threatens

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to arrest and prosecute individual users of GSM booster without following due process. According to the commission in a notice issues Tuesday and signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, its director of public affairs. The commission said its attention had been drawn to the fact that GSM Boosters are being illegally used by individuals in Nigeria. It directed that individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators. The statement read: “For general information,…

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QoS, spectrum optimization remain NCC’s regulatory priorities, says EVC

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Professor Umar Danbatta, the executive chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission has reiterated the importance attached to improved quality of telecoms service and optimization of spectrum resources by the commission. He recalled that on his assumption of office in 2015, the Commission gave priority to Quality of Service (QoS) and observed that two prominent factors identified as “technical” and “non-technical” were impacting its delivery. “We took steps to address the issues by constituting an Industry working group on QoS, Short codes and Multiple Taxation; Deployment of QoS and SpectrumTools, Internet…

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How we promote fair competition and inclusive growth – Danbatta

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Umar Danbatta, the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reeled out efforts of the commission towards promoting fair competition and inclusive growths in the Nigerian telecoms industry. Speaking at a parley with media chief in Abuja, the NCC boss discussed the commission’s proactive intervention in nipping the cases of call masking and call refiling in the bud. According to him, in the wake of 2017, the Commission started receiving complaints about cases of call masking/call refiling and SIM boxing, which were an anti-competitive practice and a…

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Telecoms attracts $105m inflow as sector contributes N2.3trn to Q2 GDP

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Recent key economic reports by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have further underscored the notion that the  telecoms sector of the Nigerian economy is crucial to the prosperity of the country. The gross domestic domestic (GDP) report for the second quarter of 2020 and capital importation report for the same period released on Friday by the bureau have given credence to this claim. First, it was the GDP report that revealed that despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which, alongside other socio-economic contradictions,  caused the economy to…

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NCC to strengthen collaborations with telecom consumer rights advocacy groups

NCC to strengthen collaborations with telecom consumer rights advocacy groups

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has restated its commitment to tackle consumer-centric issues in the telecom eco-system. This is coming as the commission hosted the second quarter meeting of Industry Consumer Advisory Forum (ICAF), the first virtual meeting of the forum. According to a statement signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, the telecoms regulator reiterated its commitment to increase partnership with consumer rights advocacy groups in the sector to expand the sphere of consumer education through timely, accurate and adequate information sharing. It said this will enhance the…

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NCC sustains sensitisation of Nigerians on 5G benefits (I)

NCC remits N362.34bn, economic economic diversification

As Nigeria prepares to welcome commercial rollout of the fifth Internet generation (5G) network, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has continued to acquaint Nigerians with the socio-economic benefits of the technology. Recall that the Commission had already taken progressive steps by commencing the development of a framework within which the new technology will work in Nigeri. The commission deems this necessary in view of misinformation and conspiracy theories earlier raised on 5G and its connection with Coronavirus pandemic, which were however dismissed by authorities. In another sensitizing material, the commission…

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NCC chairs Ministerial Broadband Implementation Steering Committee

NCC chairs Ministerial Broadband Implementation Steering Committee

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been saddled with the responsibility of leading the team that will ensure effective monitoring and steering of the overall implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2020-2025. This followed the designation of NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska, as the Chairman of the newly-inaugurated Broadband Implementation Steering Committee (BISC) by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. While inaugurating the inter-agency and multi-sectoral committee in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister said the central responsibility and mandate of…

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