NCC: regulation for spectrum trading, licence transfer coming

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Garba Danbatta, has assured stakeholders that a new flexible regulation for spectrum trading and transfer of licencee rights and obligations, from one party to another, would soon come to effect as the framework was already concluded.

He spoke when the Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria Limited, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, accompanied the Executive Director, Africa, Raghunath Mandava and other top officials of the firm to a meeting with the NCC’s boss at the just concluded 2018 GSMA World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Ogunsanya commended Prof Danbatta, over what he described as the agency’s tough actions against the menace of call-masking and refiling in industry.

“I would like to sincerely commend the EVC and the commission for the tough action against the menace of call masking, which is no doubt inimical to telecom business in the country,” he said.

The NCC had recently suspended the operating licenses of some operators for engaging in call masking.

Call masking is the act of concealing international calls coming into a country and presenting them as local in order to make profits from the difference in prices between local and international calls.

The NCC had recently been inundated with complaints from service providers and consumers regarding the high incidence of call masking call refiling and SIM boxing, which led to the proactive decision to take punitive measures with a view to nipping the ugly trend in the bud.

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