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NCC denies moving 5G deadline after only MTN submitted bid
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NCC denies moving 5G deadline after only MTN submitted bid

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says that its attention has been drawn to the front page headline of some popular national dailies of Thursday, December 2, 2021 with the title, “How NCC moved 5G deadline after only MTN submitted bid.” The publication had alleged that “the Commission was forced to move the November 24 deadline for the submission of the bid and payment of the ten percent fee of $20 million after it emerged that only MTN Nigeria had complied with the requirement.” However, in its reaction, the NCC said that it was pertinent to state that it maintains an unimpeachable record and reputation based on precedents of open and transparent spectrum auctions over the years, which had earned it both local and international recognition. “For proper guidance of our ...
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...
Nigerians without NIN won’t get passports and driving licence – NCC says as it announces October 31 deadline for linking NIN to SIM cards
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Nigerians without NIN won’t get passports and driving licence – NCC says as it announces October 31 deadline for linking NIN to SIM cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said that Nigerians without National Identity Number (NIN) will soon be unable to acquire driving licences and passports.   The Commission also added that October 31 remains the deadline for Nigerians to link their NIN to their phone lines.   This was disclosed on Wednesday, September 29, in a statement titled "NIN-SIM Integration: NCC sensitises telecom consumers on October 31 Deadline" signed by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.   The sensitization programme by the NCC was done via a Lagos radio station, with Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, advising Nigerians to make use of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to October 31, 2021, to enrol with NIMC, get their NINs and link them to their SI...
Twitter ban remains as Nigeria loses N220.36bn
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Twitter ban remains as Nigeria loses N220.36bn

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said the Twitter ban in Nigeria is still in effect as the commission is yet to receive the green light from the Ministry of Information to lift the ban. This was disclosed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde. The NCC had sent a memo to Mobile Network Operators and Internet Service Providers to block access to Twitter for the ban imposed by the Federal Government to take effect. This comes after some Nigerians had on Wednesday September 1, reported gaining access to the app without Virtual Private Networks on their laptops. It was gathered that the reported access to Twitter had only been on Internet Service Providers networks, and not through the mobile networks. A source in ...
Joda: NCC Pays Tribute to Late Board Chairman in Yola
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Joda: NCC Pays Tribute to Late Board Chairman in Yola

The Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission has paid an official condolence visit to the family of Ahmed Joda, former Board Chairman of the commission in his country home in Yola, Adamawa State. Alh. Ahmed Joda passed on Friday, August 13, 2021, at the age of 91. The delegation, which was led by the Chairman of NCC Board, Prof. Adeolu Akande included the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Commission Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska, and Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Barrister Adeleke Adewolu. Also on the visit were other Board Commissioners, including Mr. Clement Baiye, Chief Uche Onwude, Alhaji Abdulazeez Salman and Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar as well as senior Management...
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 ...
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: TELCOs Record 11.8 Million Loss Of Internet Subscribers In 4 Months
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NIN: TELCOs Record 11.8 Million Loss Of Internet Subscribers In 4 Months

Broadband penetration in Nigeria has been on a free fall since November last year. According to the recently released industry stats, broadband penetration fell to 42% in February, its lowest in the last 6 months. The drop was compounded by the reduction in subscriptions caused by the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) temporary embargo on registration and activation of new Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country. This followed the initial directive that all operators should integrate NIN to all SIMs currently in use. Telco subscriber losses hit 11.63M in 3 months The report shows that MTN, Airtel and other Telcos lost over 4.13 million subscribers in the month of February. This follows an earlier loss of about 4.2 million in January and 3.3...
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...
Banks, Telcos To Make Over Half A Billion Naira On New USSD Charge
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Banks, Telcos To Make Over Half A Billion Naira On New USSD Charge

Nigerian banks and telecommunication companies will realise at least N564 million in the next 12 months as proceeds from the new mobile banking fee approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria, according to PREMIUM TIMES estimates. The CBN and the Nigerian Communications Commission this week settled a prolonged row between banks and telcos by imposing a new fee for the banks’ short-code service, known as USSD, which allows millions of Nigerians to use their mobile phones to access financial services daily. The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) said its members were owed N42 billion by banks and threatened to suspend the service. Starting Tuesday, March 16, subscribers now pay a flat rate of N6.98 each time they use the USSD for banking transacti...
Government Moves NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline To April 6
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Government Moves NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline To April 6

The ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise has been extended by eight weeks, the Federal Government announced on Tuesday morning. It said the new deadline was now April 6, 2021. Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, who disclosed this in a WhatsApp message to our correspondent, said the extension was conveyed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. Pantami conveyed the message during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 1st of February, 2021.
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 ...
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...
Nigerian Networks Block #EndSARS Websites
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Nigerian Networks Block #EndSARS Websites

A digital rights group believes the websites have been deliberately targeted by the government for playing an active part in the #EndSARS protests At least three prominent websites that were involved in the recent #EndSARS protests have been inaccessible to Nigerians without a Virtual Private Network (VPN) since Thursday. One of the websites belongs to the advocacy group, the Feminist Coalition, while the other two have the domain names www.endsars.com and www.radioisiaq.com. The Paradigm Initiative, an organisation that advocates for “digital rights”, has said through a Twitter post that they are “investigating” the situation, implying that they believe the blocking of these websites has been deliberate. “When similar network disruptions happened in October 2017, we obtain...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Glo To Be Disconnected From Airtel Networks In 10 Days Time
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Glo To Be Disconnected From Airtel Networks In 10 Days Time

Pre-Disconnection Notice Made Pursuant To The Nigerian Communications Act 2003 And The Guidelines For Procedure For Granting Approval To Disconnect Telecommunications Operators The Nigerian Communications Commission hereby notifies the general public and subscribers of Glomobile Limited (Glomobile) that approval has been granted for the partial disconnection of Glomobile from Airtel Networks Limited (Airtel) as a result of non-settlement of interconnect charges. Glomobile was notified of the application and was given opportunity to comment and state its case. The Commission having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that the affected operator does not have sufficient reason for non-payment of interconnect charges. All subscribers a...
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu Says Teachers To Get Free 1GB Data
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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu Says Teachers To Get Free 1GB Data

Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has said that public schools teachers would be given 1GB (Gigabyte) data free to enable them to access and browse the internet always. Speaking at the occasion marking the World Teachers Day Celebration on Saturday in Abuja the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who represented the Minister of Education said the ministry was working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other stakeholders to provide at least 1GB of data free to each public school teacher to browse the internet in order obtain materials for education of pupils and students. He revealed that government was also working to obtain life insurance policy for all public school teachers and that families of all insured teachers would be given benefits ...
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...
“Stop Harassing People With ICT Gadgets” – Minister Of Communications To Police
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“Stop Harassing People With ICT Gadgets” – Minister Of Communications To Police

Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has frowned at widespread harassment of Nigerians with personal computers, tablets and other ICT gadgets in public places by security operatives. The Minister made his feelings known in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Spokesman, Mrs Uwa Suleiman. Part of the statement read, “the attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC), has been drawn to reports of widespread harassment of young Nigerians with personal computers, tablets or phablets in public places. “These reports indicate that young persons are generally regarded as fraudsters by officers of security agencies if found with such devices in their possession and subsequently subjected to varied forms of harassment and in some cases outright extortion. “Th...
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 ...
Pantami Sets Targets For 6 Agencies Under The Ministry Of Communications
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Pantami Sets Targets For 6 Agencies Under The Ministry Of Communications

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has set targets for the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the parastatals under the Ministry as well as the Directors of the Ministry. He urged them to significantly improve the level of their performance to reflect the Next Level paradigm of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. He made this known during his extensive meetings with and briefings by the various CEOs, which took place over a period of 1 week at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja. The Minister assured the CEOs of the Federal Government’s support as they discharge their duties and reminded them of his commitment to sanction any parastatal that fails to step up its performance. The CEOs were given numerous targets, amongst which a...
Airtel Overtakes Globacom To Become Nigeria’s Second Largest Network
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Airtel Overtakes Globacom To Become Nigeria’s Second Largest Network

Airtel Nigeria is now the second-largest telecommunications service provider in the country. According to the July subscriber data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Airtel gained a total of 906,400 customers in July to become second. Airtel currently has 123,327 subscribers more than Globacom that has occupied the position for years. In total, there are now 174,668,626 active GSM lines in the country. In the month under review, MTN gained 1,379 new subscribers with another 118,442 subscribers from Visafone, a CDMA network it acquired. Globacom gained 118,087 new subscribers to reach a total of 46,713,068 GSM users while 9mobile was the only operator that lost subscribers. It lost 225,283 subscribers, dropping to 15,739,967 mobile users. In terms...
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...
Telecoms Services Worsen Over Interconnect Debts
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Telecoms Services Worsen Over Interconnect Debts

Telecommunications services have gone poorer in the last few days owing to a partial disconnection of telephone lines largely due to increasing and unpaid interconnect debts. It was learnt that an interconnect debt of over N165 billion among some stakeholders, including the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), clearing houses and Value Added Service (VAS) providers, is currently causing silent but serious frictions in the telecoms sector. Findings by The Guardian showed that the debt rose from N20 billion in 2013 to N165 billion as at June 2018. An interconnect debt is the one incurred by an operator for terminating calls on another network. Currently, statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) showed that as at June, there were 174 million active subscribers, ou...
Glo Pays N2.6bn Interconnect Debt To MTN
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Glo Pays N2.6bn Interconnect Debt To MTN

MTN Nigeria has received N2.6bn part-payment of interconnect debt from Globacom, sources familiar with the issue confirmed on Thursday. It was gathered that the industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, had intervened in the debt issue, which led to partial disconnection of calls from Glo to MTN subscribers. The source also said discussions were ongoing to devise a means of recovering the rest of the interconnect debt from Globacom. This is coming after stakeholders weighed into a dispute on the interconnect debt estimated at N4.4bn to avert further breakdown in mobile communication between Globacom subscribers and MTN network users, which had lasted for more than five days. As of December last year, the interconnect debt in the industry stood at N165bn. Me...
Glo Owing MTN N10 Billion In Interconnectivity Fees – Business Day
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Glo Owing MTN N10 Billion In Interconnectivity Fees – Business Day

Over 46.5million subscribers on the Globacom network have been restricted from calling any number on the MTN network in Nigeria, as both telecommunications operators battle owed interconnect fees of up to N10billion. BusinessDay confirmed from sources at MTN Nigeria that there has been a partial restriction of calls and texts from Globacom subscribers to customers on the MTN Network since last week “MTN customers are still able to call Glo lines, however, customers of Glo are unable to call the MTN network since we disconnected them for owing about seven to N10 billion in piled up interconnect fees. Apart from owing, the network operator is arrogant and will not attend meetings or respond to notification letters,” the source said. Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commis...
Meet Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, Nominated For Ministerial Position From Oyo State
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Meet Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, Nominated For Ministerial Position From Oyo State

Mr. Sunday Akin Dare is the Executive Commissioner (Stakeholder Management) of the Nigerian Communications Commission. Until his appointment, he was the Convener of the Social Media Clinic (SMC), a Media/Information Technology (New Media) initiative committed to educating private citizens on IT development and also in the use of telecommunication as an information tool and creating awareness on how to responsibly use the platform provided by advancements in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He combined this role with being the Chief of Staff / Special Adviser (Media) to former Lagos State Governor, Ahmed Bola Tinubu. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University in 1991. He then proceeded to obtain a Master of A...
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...
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...
MTN Loses 2m Subscribers In 3 Months
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MTN Loses 2m Subscribers In 3 Months

Dominant telecom operator in the country, MTN, lost 2.09 million subscribers between January and March this year, we learnt. The telco, which had 67.1 million active subscribers at the end of 2018, ended March 2019 with 65 million active customers, according to statistics released by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). However, the decline in number of subscribers could not stop the company from generating N282 billion from voice and data services in the first three months of the year, as revealed in its recently released Q1 result. As at the end of March, MTN still remained the largest telecom operator by subscriber in the country with 37 per cent share of the market. The telecom industry’s data for March released yesterday by NCC showed that total active subscriptions...
SIM Registration Of 95.7 Million Subscribers Invalid – NCC
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SIM Registration Of 95.7 Million Subscribers Invalid – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says a total of 95.7 million SIM cards being used by subscribers were not properly registered. Speaking on Tuesday at a regional sensitisation workshop that held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, NCC officials said the agency will send the owners of the SIM cards back to registration centres for recapturing. According to Sunday Dare, NCC’s executive commissioner for stakeholder management, who was represented by Efosa Idehen, director for compliance monitoring and enforcement, perpetrators of fraudulently registered SIM cards will be charged with felony and risk a 25-year jail term. Of the total 151.4 million subscribers registered, only 55.7 million are valid.“A total of 151,449,837 registration data of subscribers have been processe...
NCC Uncovers Eight Million Forceful Subscriptions To Telecoms Services
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NCC Uncovers Eight Million Forceful Subscriptions To Telecoms Services

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has uncovered eight million forceful subscriptions to telecoms services, and this was revealed in full audit carried out on 45 VAS providers that had over 65 per cent forceful subscriptions.NCC who is Nigeria's telecoms regulator, uncovered the eight million forceful subscriptions to telecoms service after an audit exercise of forceful mass activation of telecoms subscribers into various value added services was conducted in December last year. The audit was carried out after complaints by subscribers that the Do-Not-Disturb facility introduced by the NCC, had not stopped loss of airtime to Mobile Network Operators for unsolicited services. “We identified over 8,443,367 illegal mass activations in the last audit exercise and established th...
NCC Assures Nigerians Of 70% Broadband Penetration
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NCC Assures Nigerians Of 70% Broadband Penetration

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has said the commission is ready to drive the process of attaining 70 per cent broadband penetration in the next couple of years, if that is set as the new target by the federal government. Speaking at the weekend, while delivering a goodwill message at an investment summit of Kaduna State Government, tagged ‘KADINVEST 4.0’, Danbatta expressed optimism about the commitment of the agency towards taking the broadband penetration to the next level. “When I was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, broadband penetration was only 8.5 per cent. It has now risen to 33 per cent, an equivalent of 63 million Nigerians enjoying the services. I am particularly thrilled to see tha...
Elections: NCC Suspends Ban On Unsolicited Text Messaging
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Elections: NCC Suspends Ban On Unsolicited Text Messaging

The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced the temporary suspension of the Do-Not-Disturb facility on mobile networks. In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, the regulatory commission said that it suspended the DND to enable mobile operators to disseminate information on the 2019 General Elections which begins on February 16. The DND enable subscribers to choose what kind of text messages they can receive from operators or even opt out completely from receiving unsolicited text messages from mobile operators. The commission explained that the suspension was necessary to enable Mobile Network Operators to disseminate specific information on voter education on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission. According to NCC, in implementing the suspens...

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