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NCC Raises Alarm Over Davido Airtime Scam
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NCC Raises Alarm Over Davido Airtime Scam

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has raised alarm about a false Davido’s airtime and data giveaway advert used to defraud unsuspecting victims on social media. Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs of NCC, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. Adinde said that a group of scammers had rolled out an advertorial titled “Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway.” He said the advert, which went viral, claimed that Davido was giving out free N5,000 airtime and 10GB internet data of all networks to celebrate his birthday. He said that the NCC discovered, while undertaking online social listening, that an ostensibly syndicated group was on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting members of the public. Adinde said millions of Nigerian telecom consumers were affect...
New SIM regulation banning under 18s from buying sim is to protect minors – NCC
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New SIM regulation banning under 18s from buying sim is to protect minors – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has explained that the exclusion of persons below the age of 18 years in the revised SIM registration regulation is to protect them from legal liabilities. A section of the newly revised sim regulation proposed 18 years old as one of the requirements for registering and owning a sim card in Nigeria. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC spokesperson, in a statement said the age of 18 years for SIM acquisition proposed in the draft regulation is contingent on the constitutional provision, which makes 18 years the age of consent in Nigeria. He said that SIM acquisition is a contract between service providers and their subscribers and requires the subscriber to have proper legal status. “We would like to draw the attention of the public to a publicat...
NCC disqualifies Nigerians below 18 from getting SIM
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NCC disqualifies Nigerians below 18 from getting SIM

Nigerians below 18 have been disqualified from registering and owning a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) by the Nigerian Communications Commission. In a draft copy of the modified Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations published on the commission’s website, the NCC said the regulations were made in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act,2003. The announcement was made at a Public Inquiry on the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, alongside the draft SIM Replacement Guidelines and the draft Spectrum Trading Guidelines at NCC's head office in Abuja on Tuesday October 5. NCC’s Executive Commissioner Stakeholders’ Management, Mr Adeleke Adewolu who spoke at the event said; “The public inquiry i...
Subjecting INEC power to NCC is unconstitutional – Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal
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Subjecting INEC power to NCC is unconstitutional – Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal

Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has said that the decision of the Senate to subject INECs constitutional power to conduct elections to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and National Assembly is patently unconstitutional. Tambuwal, who is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said INEC's constitutional power to conduct and manage elections should not be shared with any institution. “For the avoidance of doubt, S.78 of the Constitution provides that The Registration of voters and the conduct of elections shall be subject to the direction and supervision of Independent National Electoral Commission’.” Tambuwal said in a statement released on Thursday, July 15. “In the Third Schedule, Part 1,F, S.15: INEC has the power to organize, undertake ...
Twitter ban: Telecom operators in Nigeria release statement after Buhari’s order
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Twitter ban: Telecom operators in Nigeria release statement after Buhari’s order

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operations of Nigeria (ALTON) has confirmed that they received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to suspend access to Twitter This was contained in a statement signed by Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, the Chairman of the association, and Gbolahan Awonuga, the Executive Secretary. ALTON said “based on national provisions in the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, and within the licence terms under which the industry operates; our members have acted in compliance with the directives of the NCC”. It added that “as an industry, we endorse the position of the United Nations that the rights held by people offline must be protected online. This includes respecting and protecting the rights of all people to commu...
Nigerians now charged compulsory N6.98 for USSD transactions
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Nigerians now charged compulsory N6.98 for USSD transactions

Many customers of USSD services in Nigeria on Friday have said a pop-up message has notified them of the new N6.98 charges for each transaction. USSD is a critical channel for delivering financial services, especially for those who do not have access to physical banking infrastructure or internet services. “Welcome to USSD Banking,” one notice said. “Please note, a N6.98 network charge will be applied to your account for banking services on this channel.” The decision to charge users was reached in March by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Channels reported. The decision was part of an agreement reached with deposit money banks following a disagreement between banks and telecom firms over USSD and other text message transac...
SIM Infractions: NCC Fines Glo, Airtel, MTN N78.5m
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SIM Infractions: NCC Fines Glo, Airtel, MTN N78.5m

Telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has fined the three leading mobile network operators in the country to the tune of N78.5 million. New Telegraph learnt that MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile were all found to have breached the rules guiding them in the process of replacing SIMs for their customers, thus incurring the wrath of the regulator. However, while three of the operators are to pay the fine, 9mobile was said to have been issued a ‘strong warning’ by the commission as it recorded the lowest number of breaches. According to the NCC, the infractions were discovered in its SIM replacement audit conducted in the fourth quarter of 2020. “All the four mobile network operators, MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9Mobile (EMTS), were found to be in absolute ...
NCC Arrests 5 Suspects For Fraudulent Registration Of SIM Cards
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NCC Arrests 5 Suspects For Fraudulent Registration Of SIM Cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has arrested no fewer than five suspects for allegedly engaging in fraudulent registration and sale of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. The Director Public Affairs, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the arrest was part of the commission’s routine enforcement activities to rid the industry of criminal elements. Adinde said that the hitch-free operation was carried out by a team from the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the commission. He added that the team jointly carried out the assignment with operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). He said the suspects who were arrested in the Wuse area were subseq...
NIN-SIM Linkage Extended Until May 6 – FG
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NIN-SIM Linkage Extended Until May 6 – FG

The deadline for NIN-SIM linkage has been extended from April 6 to May 6, 2021 by the federal government. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said in a statement on Friday April 2 that the request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it. Pantami also disclosed that the current number of monthly enrolment has increased significantly to about 2.6 million. The statement jointly signed by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde of NCC and Kayode Adegoke of NIMC read; “The meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it. “With each in...
Court Orders Extension Of NIN Registration By Two Months
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Court Orders Extension Of NIN Registration By Two Months

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number, NIN by two months. Justice Maureen Onyetenu granted the extension while delivering a ruling in a fundamental right suit filed by legal practitioner, Monday Ubani against the federal government, the Attorney General of the Federation, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy. In the suit, Ubani had contended that the initial two weeks ultimatum (now extended to April 6, 2021) given to telecommunication operators to block SIM Cards of Nigerians who have not registered their SIM Card with NIN if allowed, will infringe on his constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, right to own moveable property and righ...
56.2 Million NIN Linked To SIMs, Says NCC
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56.2 Million NIN Linked To SIMs, Says NCC

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have collected 56.18 million National Identity Numbers (NIN) since the commencement of the ongoing Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registration started, says the Federal Government. The government added that over 1,060 registration centres for NIN have been activated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) across the country to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with their SIMs. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who announced this in Abuja, explained that the NIN-SIM linkage deadline of February 9 had been extended to April 6. According to a statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and his NIMC counterpart, M...
Nigeria’s Telephone Subscribers Reaches 208 Million
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Nigeria’s Telephone Subscribers Reaches 208 Million

Telephone subscribers in Nigeria are now 208 million, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has disclosed. NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Danbatta, stated this in Abuja. He said the nation’s broadband penetration also peaked at 45. 07 percent as at November 2020. He spoke during a load down of new developments in the telecommunications industry to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Festus Daudu.
12.3m Subscribers Await SIM Linkage With NIN
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12.3m Subscribers Await SIM Linkage With NIN

About 12.3 million active SIM cards are yet to be linked with their owners’ National Identity Numbers (NINs). This is as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) confirmed on Tuesday that a total of 47.8m phone users had supplied their NINs to telecom operators. It was learnt that the over 12 million SIM cards were pending because most of the users do not have the national identity numbers. There is an average of three to four SIMs per telecom subscriber in the country, according to the NCC. This means about 191.2m active SIM cards have so far been linked to their owners’ unique identity numbers. Nigeria’s teledensity rose by 2.2 per cent from 104.4 per cent to 106.6 per cent in October, increasing the number of telecom subscribers to 203.5 million, according to NCC ...
E.F. Network To Provide Internet Services In Nigeria
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E.F. Network To Provide Internet Services In Nigeria

A multinational technology company and major global player in wireless/virtual technologies, E. F. Network Ltd, has been licensed by Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to provide internet services in Nigeria. The approval came on the heels of the company meeting all requirements and qualifications stipulated by NCC for the grant of the license. With the licensing of E.F. Network Ltd, competition is expected to increase among operators and make internet services more readily available, which would eventually lead to a crash of the cost of internet usage in the country. The grant of internet license is coming barely three months after the company introduced a revolutionary product called efphontaxi.com, a high tech anti-theft and anti-kidnapping application that has the capa...
Man, Wife & Their 4 Children Burnt To Death In A Fatal Accident (Photos)
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Man, Wife & Their 4 Children Burnt To Death In A Fatal Accident (Photos)

A Nigerian man, his wife, and children were burnt to death in a fatal accident along the Nasarawa - Abuja expressway on Saturday, January 9. The deceased Nigerian man identified as Prince Nuhu Hamman'Gabdo is said to be a staff of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) in Abuja and held the traditional title of Galadima of Gashaka Chiefdom. According to reports, Hamman'Gabdo and his family were returning to Abuja after a visit to his country home in Gashaka LGA and the Mambilla plateau that encompasses Sardauna LGA of Taraba state. Eyes witnesses say his car collided with a Siena vehicle coming in the opposite direction, leading to a huge inferno that engulfed both cars killing all the occupants. His friends and close associates have taken to social media to express their gr...
There will be no Mass Disconnection of Telephone Subscribers over National Identity Numbers (NIN) Registration – NCC
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There will be no Mass Disconnection of Telephone Subscribers over National Identity Numbers (NIN) Registration – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stated that there will be no mass disconnection of telephone subscribers over National Identity Numbers (NIN) registration. The agency which said the current linkage of SIM registration records with the NIN was aimed at enhancing general safety and helping the government to plan for national development, said the clarification became necessary as many subscribers had become jittery that their lines might be disconnected over NIN registration. NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, advised the public to ignore speculations of mass disconnection being circulated in some sections of the media and also added that the publications “are based on the erroneous assumption that for every network or SIM connection, there is ...
NIN: NCC Denies Mass Disconnection Of Telephone Lines
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NIN: NCC Denies Mass Disconnection Of Telephone Lines

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied the mass disconnection of subscribers. The clarification was contained in a statement issued yesterday by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde. It read: “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to numerous publications in both print and electronic media regarding the unfounded fears of mass disconnection of telephone subscribers as a result of the ongoing linkage of SIM registration records with the National Identity Number (NIN). “It is, therefore, necessary for the commission to issue this clarification to allay fears of subscribers and the general public.” The regulator noted that most of the publications were based on the erroneous assumption that for every netwo...
Paradigm Initiative Writes NCC, Demands Fol Request On Blocked EndSARS Websites
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Paradigm Initiative Writes NCC, Demands Fol Request On Blocked EndSARS Websites

On Thursday, website of popular women’s right group, Feminist Coalition, and two others allegedly suffered a cyber attack and became inaccessible to Nigerians. Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, a social enterprise that builds an ICT-enabled support system and advocates digital rights in Africa, has written a Freedom of Information request to the Nigerian Communications Commission demanding information on the alleged secret blocking of the domain names of #EndSARS related websites by the Nigerian Government. When accessed with a Nigerian mobile network, the websites cannot be reached but when a user uses a VPN, the sites become accessible. PIN in a statement on Friday described the action as violation of constitutionally and globally guaranteed rights of freedom of expression and acce...
Nigerian Active GSM Subscribers Now 199.3 Million – Umar Danbatta
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Nigerian Active GSM Subscribers Now 199.3 Million – Umar Danbatta

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), says active GSM subscribers in the country have increased from 184 million in December 2019 to 199.3 million in May 2020. Danbatta made the disclosure at the virtual launch/award ceremony of the COVID-19 Research Grant presented to three startups, by the NCC, on Tuesday Abuja. He further explained that internet subscription in the same period increased from 126 million to 147.1 million, while broadband subscription also increased from 72 million to 80.2 million, achieving a 42.02 per cent penetration in the country. Danbatta explained that the startups participated in a 3-month virtual hackathon with the theme Virtual Hackathon: “Adaptable Digital Solutions for Addressing the Present and Future...
NCC Seeks Reduction Of Data Charges
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NCC Seeks Reduction Of Data Charges

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend urged telecommunication companies to reciprocate the reduction in the charges on Right of Way (RoW) by reducing data charges to Nigerians. Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, stated this while addressing participants at the maiden virtual edition of the Telecoms Consumer Parliament (VTCP) at the NCC headquarters in Abuja. Danbatta noted that considering the steps the Federal Government had taken to reduce the charges of RoW below N145 per linear metre while some states waived the charges outright, it had become necessary for operators to reciprocate the gesture. “The commission is hopeful that with the reduction in RoW, which will automatically result in reduction in capital expenditure (CAPEX) by...
FIRS To Digitally Verify Taxes Paid By Telecoms Operators
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FIRS To Digitally Verify Taxes Paid By Telecoms Operators

In line with its inter-agency collaboration, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to ensure the tax agency ascertain accuracy and completeness of value-added tax (VAT) elements and other taxes payable in the transactions of telecoms operators. With the MoU, the FIRS will be able to integrate an application programming interface (API) technology solution with the systems of telecom Operators for independent verification of the amount of VAT that should be paid by mobile network operators (MNO) rather than relying entirely on the Operators’ books of accounts. According to him, “Our concern, as Regulator of the telecoms industry, is that we needed to be sure that it is not another w...
President Buhari Approves Re-appointment Of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Chief Executive Of NCC
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President Buhari Approves Re-appointment Of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Chief Executive Of NCC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Umar Danbatta as executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Uwa Suleiman, spokesman to Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, broke the news in a statement on Friday. He said the reappointment was based on the recommendation of Pantami and in line with the Nigerian communications act of 2003. Suleiman said Pantami urged the reappointed executive vice chairman to improve on the commission’s performance and also ensure compliance with federal government directives. “In an effort to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunications sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reappointment of Professo...
No Licence Has Been Issued For 5G – NCC
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No Licence Has Been Issued For 5G – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has debunked report of the telecommunication industry switching to fifth-generation (5G) network on May 12. In a statement issued by NCC director of public affairs Henry Nkemadu, the regulatory agency stated that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment. He further stated that the NCC is technology-neutral and only assigns spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC). The statement reads; “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to a mischievous statement making the rounds on social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites that the Nigerian telecoms industry is going to switch on Fift...
No License For 5G Network In Nigeria – FG
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No License For 5G Network In Nigeria – FG

The Federal government says no license has so far been issued for 5G deployment in the country. In a statement issued on Saturday by the Spokesperson to the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, the minister said he was worried by the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of the Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria and affirmed that the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which he is the chairman had not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G in Nigeria. The minister maintained that no license has been issued for the deployment of 5G anywhere in the country, as the ministry is currently at the stage of studying and reporting the a 3-month study trial conducted by the m...
NCC, NIPOST To Verify SIM Card Owners’ Addresses
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NCC, NIPOST To Verify SIM Card Owners’ Addresses

The Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigerian Postal Service are to collaborate in verifying the addresses of SIM card owners in the country. The two agencies also agreed to work out a Memorandum of Understanding on ways to facilitate financial inclusion in the country. The managements of the two establishments met at the NCC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, where it was also agreed that the commission and the postal service would collaborate on driving the Federal Government’s digital economy agenda. The NCC and NIPOST will also partner on Internet access for people in rural areas and provision of e-governance services in all the local government councils in the country. A committee was set up to work out details of the MoU. Speaking at the meeting, Postmas...
Drop Calls: Senate, Fashola Berate NCC For Defending Telecom Companies
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Drop Calls: Senate, Fashola Berate NCC For Defending Telecom Companies

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) came under criticism following an outburst against the commission by the Senate and Minister of Works for openly protecting telecoms companies over increasing cases of dropped calls. The attack came following the public hearing on a motion titled: “Increasing rate of drop calls and other unwholesome practices by telecom network operators in Nigeria that had robbed Nigerians of their hard earned billions of Naira.” The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on Communications in Abuja on Wednesday. The NCC had accused the Federal Ministry of Works of contracting construction of projects to contractors who cut cables of telecom companies, resulting into the drop calls. The NCC Director of Technical Standards and Network In...
No Nigerian Should’ve More Than 3 Phone Numbers – Pantami
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No Nigerian Should’ve More Than 3 Phone Numbers – Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami has directed the National Communication Commission, NCC, to ensure that there should be a maximum number of SIM cards Nigerians should own, possibly a maximum of three. The minister gave the directive on Wednesday in a statement signed by his Technical Assistant, Dr Femi Adeluyi, directing the NCC to revise the Policy on SIM Card registration and usage. The statement also noted that the revision of the Policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies, following the successful revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs. The minister further directed the commission to ensure that the National Identity Num...
Data Renewal: NCC Slams N2.8bn Fines On Telcos
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Data Renewal: NCC Slams N2.8bn Fines On Telcos

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined three mobile network operators, Airtel, MTN and Globacom a sum of N2,794,022,000. New Telegraph learnt that the telecom operators incurred the wrath of the regulator having contravened the rule that bars them from automatically renewing data for their customers. This came as one of the heaviest sanctions against the operators in recent time after the 2016 landmark fine against MTN. The Commission had, on May 21, 2018, issued a directive to all network providers to desist from carrying out automatic or unwarranted renewal of data packages without their subscribers’ consent or risk N5 million fine. The telecom regulator said the directive became imperative in view of the mounting complaints from subscribers against the se...
Buhari Fires Board Heads Of NCC, NIPOST, NITDA, Others; Makes New Appointments
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Buhari Fires Board Heads Of NCC, NIPOST, NITDA, Others; Makes New Appointments

PRESIDENT BUHARI ARPROVES NEW APPOINTMENTS IN PARASTATALS UNDER MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY Desirous of fast-tracking the targets and mandate of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following new appointments in the Parastatals listed below: 1. Nigerians Communications Commission (NCC) (a) Prof. Adeolu Akande (South West) replaces Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye (South West) as Chairman, Board of Commissioners – subject to Senate confirmation (b) Mr Uche Onwude (South East) replaces Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume (South East) as Non-Executive Commissioner – subject to Senate confirmation. 2. The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) (a) Dr Abubakar Sa’id replaces Prof. Adeolu ...
Telecom Firms Shun Minister Of Communications, Isa Pantami’s Data Cut Directive
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Telecom Firms Shun Minister Of Communications, Isa Pantami’s Data Cut Directive

The ministerial directive on reduction of data cost has been ignored by telecommunication firms. It was learnt that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has not given the instruction to the operators. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, gave the order on October 20 after receiving the progress report on the implementation of Short-Term Performance Targets set for the NCC. The minister re-issued the directive on November 5, saying he was not satisfied with the explanations of the Commission. He NCC five days ultimatum to get the operators to reduce the cost of data and stop what he called “illegal deductions from subscribers”. But 20 days after the ultimatum, the directive has not been implemented, dampenring the morale of telecoms subs...
Pantami Orders Deactivation Of Automatic Voicemails On Existing Phone Lines
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Pantami Orders Deactivation Of Automatic Voicemails On Existing Phone Lines

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has issued a broad policy directive to the sector regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to immediately ensure that issues regarding automatic voicemails are addressed on all existing phone lines and the subscribers, given the option of accessing the service via an activation code. According to a statement issued by the Spokesperson to the Minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, it described it as financial exploitation by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, through the automatic activation of the Voicemail Service on their platforms. The statement said the Voicemail service should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default. It noted that the Minister finds it worrisome and ...
Minister Extends Deadline On Reduction Of Data Price
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Minister Extends Deadline On Reduction Of Data Price

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami has extended the deadline given to the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, on the reduction of data prices in the country. The Minister had issued a five-day ultimatum to the regulatory body to meet with other stakeholders with a view to review downward the prices of data in the country. He had argued that his office was inundated with complaints from concerned Nigerians about the high cost of data compared with countries with lesser population. However, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Minister’s spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, the Minister noted that it had received NCC letter that action is being taken on the matter. The statement reads : Following the five day ultimatum issued by the ...
Telecom Firms Get Five Days To Stop Illegal Deductions
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Telecom Firms Get Five Days To Stop Illegal Deductions

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission to implement a directive on the reduction of the cost of data in the country. The NCC was equally ordered to enforce an earlier directive to compel service providers to put a stop to illegal deduction of subscribers’ data within five days. The commission was given five days to act on the directives. Pantami had given the directives in October, after receiving a progress report on the implementation of Short-Term Performance Targets set for the NCC.The minister had noted that Nigerians were paying so much for data without enjoying value for money spent. The minister restated the directives during the inauguration of a new Executive Commissioner of the NCC, Adel...
Nigeria To Run 5G Technology Trial For 3 Months – NCC
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Nigeria To Run 5G Technology Trial For 3 Months – NCC

The Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, on Monday said that the trial of 5G, the fifth generation network technology, would be on trial for three months in the country before actual approval and rollout. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said this on the sideline of the Mobile and Disruptive Technology, MoDITECH, Forum 2019 in Lagos. The theme of the forum is ‘The Power of Digital Services”. Mr Danbatta said that the trial of the 5G technology would enable the commission to see the key attributes it attained before approval. The executive vice chairman, represented by Engr Banko Wakil, a Director at NCCHe, said 5G was like a proof of concept to be carried out by operators with the existing frequency and spectrum. He said that as usual, the proof o...
Leaked Memo Shows Banks Asked Telcos To Charge For USSD
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Leaked Memo Shows Banks Asked Telcos To Charge For USSD

Nigerian banks proposed to telecom companies to charge customers directly for USSD services, a memo seen by TheCable has revealed. This seems to contradict the public denial by bank CEOs on Monday. They said the decision “on whether, and what amount, to charge a customer for accessing USSD is entirely that of the telco company, in the same way a customer is billed for calls, SMS and data”. In a letter to the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) by the Body of Banks’ Chief Executive Officers (BOBCEO) dated September 16, 2019, the bank MDs had proposed an “orderly implementation” of end-user billing for bank customers, “aligning with the standard practice for USSD billing.” They said: “Customers using non-bank services already pay for USSD session...
Communications Minister, Isa Pantami Asks Telcos To Slash Data Price
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Communications Minister, Isa Pantami Asks Telcos To Slash Data Price

Isa Pantami, minister of communications, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to work with the telecommunications service providers to reduce the price of data. According to Yusuf Abubakar, an aide of the minister, Pantami gave the directive to the regulator when he received a report on the implementation of the ministry’s short-term performance targets. Abubakar said Pantami expressed dismay that despite the high cost of data, Nigerians do not enjoy good internet services. “According to the report from a UK-based price comparison website – Cable, Nigeria is not among the top 10 African countries with low average price of data, a position the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, finds worrisome considering the fact that the country has over 174 mill...
SIM Registration: NCC Makes NIN Compulsory
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SIM Registration: NCC Makes NIN Compulsory

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that registration of new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards will now require the presentation of the National Identity Number (NIN).NCC, which said the enforcement of the new rule takes effect soon, noted that the move became necessary following the rising criminality in the country. According to its Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, the policy is in line with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Act 2007 relating to NIN regulations, which provide that a person must provide his/her unique number to register a SIM card.Consequently, Danbatta said the NCC, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, had set in motion mechanisms for compliance. Meanwhile, Nigeria added 1.95 million new subscri...
NCC Begins Deactivation Of Improperly Registered SIM
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NCC Begins Deactivation Of Improperly Registered SIM

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started the deactivation of 2.24million improperly registered Sim cards, Igbere TV reports. Igbere TV recalls that the minister of Communications, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami on September, 16 ordered the deactivation of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country. The minister described the development as a security risk to the nation, saying that the Commission having rectified 6.775m out of the original 9.2m improperly registered sim cards, should proceed to cut off the remaining number. He noted that sim cards are usually involved in most of the crimes committed in the country. A Nigerian man who has been affected by the recent development took to popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter to confirm that the NCC has s...
Buhari Nominates Adeleke Adewolu As Sunday Dare’s Replacement At NCC
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Buhari Nominates Adeleke Adewolu As Sunday Dare’s Replacement At NCC

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Adeleke Adewolu as the executive commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Adewolu is to replace Sunday Dare, who is now minister of youth and sports, as the South West zone’s representative on the NCC board. The Senate on Thursday received the request from President Buhari for Adewolu’s confirmation. The request which was contained in a letter dated 21 August was read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the upper chamber during plenary. The letter reads: “In accordance with section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s Act, 2003, I hereby present Adeleke Moronfolu Adewolu for confirmation as Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission by the distinguished Senate of the ...
FG Directs NCC To Block Over 9 Million Unregistered Sim Cards
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FG Directs NCC To Block Over 9 Million Unregistered Sim Cards

The Federal Government is set to block over 9 million unregistered mobile phone Sim cards in Nigeria. According to a Government statement, the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Patanmi has directed the Nigerian Communications Commision(NCC) to block all those sim cards until their users present themselves. “As at today, preliminary investigation revealed, we have over 9 Million unregistered Sim Cards in Nigeria, I have directed the NCC to immediately block those numbers until the users present themselves, ” the Minister said via a tweet on Thursday. Upload Files
CYBERCRIME: NCC To Regulate Use Of Internet
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CYBERCRIME: NCC To Regulate Use Of Internet

THE National Communications Commission, NCC, yesterday, pledged to establish mechanisms to control the use of internet to protect the nation’s cyberspace against attack. The commission said the move is aimed at protecting children against dangerous online contents, ensure consumer privacy and data protection. This was disclosed by the commission’s Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, at the 109th edition of Consumer Outreach Programme in Osogbo, Osun State. Adedigba said: “Realising that liberalisation of the telecoms industry has led to an unprecedented increase in the usage of internet-based solutions and services, the Nigerian Communications Commission has initiated a process to establish an internet industry code of practice for internet servic...
FG Issues Order To NCC Over Data Deduction By Service Providers
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FG Issues Order To NCC Over Data Deduction By Service Providers

Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali-Pantami, on Thursday, charged the Management of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to investigate complaints by Nigerians about illegal data deduction by service providers. Dr. Pantami, who spoke while being briefed by the Executive Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, in his office, said culpable companies should be sanctioned. “I will push all Chief Executive Officers of agencies under the ministry to deliver effective and efficient service to Nigerians in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Directives,” Mr Pantami stressed. He pointed out that all Chief Executive Officers under the ministry would be giving a Key Performance Indicator, KPI, time to time. The minister said: “Under my supervision, there will be monthly me...
NCC Approves Spectrum For 5G Trial In Nigeria
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NCC Approves Spectrum For 5G Trial In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved spectrum for the trial of 5G services in the country. The Commission has also concluded negotiations on the counterpart funding to the Infrastructure Companies. This will support the deployment of the broadband infrastructure on which the smart services and other emerging technologies will be hosted, according to the Nigerian telecom industry regulator. NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, disclosed these during the opening session of the First Digital Africa Week organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Nigerian telecom industry regulator, in Abuja yesterday. ‘’The NCC will continue to drive and implement policies, projects and programmes aimed at facilitating digi...
NCC Fines Airtel, 9mobile N136m For Violating Industry Regulations
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NCC Fines Airtel, 9mobile N136m For Violating Industry Regulations

Two major network operators in the country, Airtel and 9mobile, have been slammed with a total fine of N136m by the Nigerian Communications Commissions for violating various industry regulations. The NCC, in its 2019 first quarter enforcement report, stated that the network providers flouted different industry regulations such as automatic renewal of data subscription, wrongful disconnection of an interconnect carrier and breaking the Do-Not-Disturb directive. The commission said it found Airtel wanting in its Quality of Service regulation by disconnecting an interconnect carrier, Exchange Telecommunications Limited, without getting the necessary approval. The telecoms regulator said it had thus imposed a total fine of N121m on Airtel. The NCC said, “Airtel Networks Limited, ha...
Pastor Gets Beaten Up In Church By His Own Members
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Pastor Gets Beaten Up In Church By His Own Members

There was chaos at Nairobi Central Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) on Saturday, July 20, 2019, after a faction of angry members stormed the church and assaulted the Head Pastor, Jean Pierre Maywa on the church's altar. The fight occurred when members alongside the Pastor, gathered to discuss the fate of the faction, Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC), that wants to split from the church. Prior to the fight, the Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC) had lost a court case in which they challenged the church's leadership. The reconciliation meeting started off with shout matches and led to a fight few minutes after. In the video shared online, some congregants were spotted shouting while others took to the altar to defend the pastor from further assault. The meeting was called off aft...
Senate Confirms Four Commissioners For NCC
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Senate Confirms Four Commissioners For NCC

The Senate on Thursday confirmed four Commissioners for Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), The Nation reports. President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the senate to confirm nominees for the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC). The president’s request was contained in three letters read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan(pictured) on the floor of the upper legislative chamber last Tuesday. Buhari based his request on section 8 (1) of NCC act and section 5 (2) of NIPSS act; presenting four nominees for the NCC and one for the NIPSS. “In accordance with section 8 (1) of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) act 2003, I write to forward the under listed names of nominees for confirmation by the senate as non-executive commissioners of the Nigeria Communications Commission...
Senate To Screen Buhari’s Nominees Thursday
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Senate To Screen Buhari’s Nominees Thursday

Nigeria Senate will screen three non-executive Commissioners and one Executive Commissioner for the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, on Thursday. The decision of the Senate followed an executive communication by President Muhammadu Buhari, nominating the affected persons, saying that their confirmation would strengthen the activities of the Commission. “That the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President and Commander-Chief on the confirmation of the nomination of the following persons as non-executive Commissioners of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) in accordance with Sections 8(1) of the Nigeria Communication Commission.” Before adopting the letter by President Buhari, Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Sabi Abdulahi moved that an ad-hoc committee be set up to...
Nigeria Is Ready For 5G Says NCC
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Nigeria Is Ready For 5G Says NCC

The commission's Executive Commissioner for Stakeholder Management, Mr. Sunday Dare, said this in Abuja at an interactive session with newsmen. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the country is ready for the 5G bandwidth network for faster and efficient internet services. This is as the commission said it will soon audit the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to determine their level of compliance with the regulation on the registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. The commission’s Executive Commissioner for Stakeholder Management, Mr. Sunday Dare, said this in Abuja at an interactive session with newsmen. He said the NCC had been preparing the country for it by bringing together critical stakeholders to examine the legal, regulatory and techno...
$330 million fine: MTN practically blackmailed Nigeria into reducing fine- Ex-minister Shittu
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$330 million fine: MTN practically blackmailed Nigeria into reducing fine- Ex-minister Shittu

Immediate past Minister of Communication Adebayo Shittu on Thursday explained that Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) practically blackmailed the federal government into reducing the over $330 million controversial fine imposed on it by the National Communication Commission (NCC). The Minister said the company told President Muhammadu Buhari if they were made to pay the fine, they may have to shut down operation in Nigeria and sack all their Nigerian workers, which may have negative impact on the banking sectors. He said they also threatened to withdraw their deposit with which some Nigerian banks were doing business. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, the former Minister denied report that he took bribe from the company to influence the reduction of the fine. He also stated N...
Airtel, GLO, 9mobile To List On NSE Soon — NCC
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Airtel, GLO, 9mobile To List On NSE Soon — NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Monday announced that telecommunications providers such Airtel, GLO, and 9mobile would soon be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management in NCC, who stated this in Abuja at an interactive session with newsmen, said the processes had earnestly begun for the telecommunications operators to be listed on NSE. He commended the recent official listing of MTN Nigeria on the Nigerian bourse, adding that it was a step in the right direction in the telecommunications industry. It would be recalled that MTN Nigeria recently completed the registration of 20.3 billion ordinary shares of N0.02 each with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It said the successful comple...

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