NCC suspends issuance of new licences

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has declared temporary suspension on issuance of new licences to stakeholders in the communication industry.

In a statement, the Director, Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka disclosed that the suspension was in the following categories; Interconnect Exchange Licence, Mobile Virtual Network Operator Licence, and Value Added Service Aggregator Licence.

Muoka stated that the temporary suspension was necessary to enable the Commission  conduct a thorough review of several key areas within the outlined categories.

He stated,”line with its powers under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 to grant and renew licences, promote fair competition and develop the Communications Industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (the Commission) hereby informs all stakeholders of a temporary suspension on issuance of new licences in the following categories: Interconnect Exchange Licence, Mobile Virtual Network Operator Licence, and Value Added Service Aggregator Licence.

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“This temporary suspension is necessary to enable the Commission to conduct a thorough review of several key areas within these categories, including the current level of competition, market saturation and current market dynamics.

“The public is invited to note that during the suspension period commencing on 17th of May, 2024, new application for the aforementioned licences will not be accepted. This is without prejudice to pending applications before the Commission which will be considered on their merits.

“Any enquiries or clarifications in respect of this Suspension Notice should be forwarded to: [email protected].”

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