NCC Completes Framework for MVNOs, Boosts Mobile Coverage in Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the completion of the framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) as it strives to enhance service delivery in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.

This move by the NCC is aimed at strengthening the industry by providing opportunities for MVNOs to operate and contribute to improved service provision. The finalized framework will enable the expansion of mobile network coverage and bridge the gap in connectivity for unserved and underserved areas. The NCC’s efforts reflect its commitment to promoting innovation and efficiency in the Nigerian telecom sector.

The Director, Licensing and Authorization Department at NCC, Mohammed Babajika who dropped this hint in his opening remarks at ‘The Talk to the Regulator Forum’ (TTTR) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, said the NCC currently in the process of licensing MVNOs

The licensing of MVNO, according to Mr. Babajika, would improve the telecommunication output of the country, enable the expansion and availability of quality mobile coverage and close the gap to the unserved and underserved population in Nigeria.

While guaranteeing the Commission’s fullest commitment in discharging its mandate, he said it could only achieve this with the cooperation and support of Licensees adding the Commission therefore recognized the importance of various service providers and sought to constantly engage with these service providers and thereby protect the health and growth of the telecoms industry.

Babajika stated: “The Commission, therefore, hopes that Licensees will take advantage of this Forum to seek clarifications with respect to any issues such as: license obligations, renewal processes and procedures, and emerging trends in the industry. I would like to assure you that the Commission will take your recommendations on-board (as has been done in the past) and will ensure that ideas gleaned are implemented to impact the industry positively.

It is therefore my pleasure to once again welcome you all to this event and encourage  us to be frank and constructive in our deliberations as telecoms industry  sustainability can only be guaranteed when all stakeholders fully and actively  participate in the industry.”

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