NCC shuts down Cobranet offices

BUSINESS

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
NCC shuts down Cobranet offices

By Kokomu Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria's telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has sealed the offices of Cobranet, a telecom company based in Lekki, Lagos, after the company illegally occupied certain broadband frequencies and disrupted the services of other providers.

In 2009, the Commission developed guidelines for the deployment of frequency services on the 5.2 – 5.9GHz bands. In April 2011, the Commission declared the 5.470 – 5.725 portion of this spectrum as licensed, licensable and not license exempt in Nigeria. Consequently, it warned all companies without a license of the Commission to avoid transmitting signals, or using equipment on this frequency band.

However, the Commission after final warning on the issue in June, 2011, discovered that Cobranet was transmitting signals on the affected frequencies, hence an enforcement action against the company, resulting its being shot down by the Commission, and its equipment disconnected and confiscated all its transmission equipment.

The head of Compliance Monitoring of the Commission, Efosa Idehen, who led the enforcement action,  spoke to journalists at the company’s premises in Lagos. He said Cobranet would also pay some as-yet to be determined amount of money to be calculated by the frequency department of the Commission with reference to the space and time the company has illegally occupied in the band.

He said the action of the company is also detrimental to the service quality of other providers as illegal occupations of frequencies degrade the quality of service of the other operators who may be legally operating on such frequencies.

The head of Media and Public Relations of the NCC, Reuben Muoka, said the clampdown on Cobranet was a signal to other operators who may be operating without proper authorisation or without recourse to all the rules of the game in the telecommunications industry.

Muoka said the current leadership at the Commission was focused on compliance to the rules, hence the need for all operators to adhere to all the rules and conditions in service provisioning for the benefit of the subscribers and the nation. He said that the frequency spectrum is a finite resource whose use must be in accordance with the set guidelines and conditions.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

CNN, MultiChoice launch 20th African Journalist Awards

CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards.   Read More

Cokodeal.com aims to revive ‘made in Nigeria’

Cokodeal.com, describing itself as Africa’s largest medium for business exposure, is aiming to boost Nigerian manufacturers through greater online exposure. Read More

Leading African airline adds new payment options

ASKY, the leading airline in West and Central Africa, has partnered with PayGate and booking engine SITA to offer web-based booking to its customers for the first time. Read More

Francis Dufay takes the reins of Jumia in Côte d’Ivoire

E-commerce firm Jumia has formalised the appointment of Francis Dufay at the head of its subsidiary in Côte d’Ivoire.  Read More

MTN Uganda rewards women entrepreneurs

The 2015 edition of MTN Women in Business Awards have seen Mrs. Barbara Ofwono, the proprietor of Victorious Schools, scoop the overall Award of MTN Women in Business SME CEO of the year. Read More

Microsoft 4Afrika launches Biz4Afrika online SME hub

Microsoft 4Afrika used the opening of the Connected East Africa event in Diani, Kenya today to launch Biz4Afrika, an online hub providing Kenyan small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with access to locally relevant information and promote trade. Read More

BTCL, SA’s Vodafone seal partnership

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) and South African based Vodafone have signed a non-equity partnership agreement.  Read More

Mascom Derby horse race extravaganza for Botswana

Mascom is doing it again this year with its annual Mascom horse racing event which has been on the Mascom calendar for at least 10 years. Each year during the Easter holidays, Botswana’s leading mobile telephony provider gets people to Botswana’s tourist resort of Maun for the race.   Read More

Togo women get down to ICT training, business

Women and girls came in numbers last week to attend the three-day Female TechCamp 2015 hosted in the capital Lomé. Read More

MTN Group Sustainability Report released

MTN Group’s efforts to advance social development in its markets through the integration of sustainable business practices into day-to-day activities, is yielding positive outcomes, the company’s Sustainability Report shows. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

e-commerce space untapped, says phonekings heade-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head

E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

Schneider Electric sponsored runner wins 2015 Paris Marathon

Ethiopian runner, Meseret Mengistu (26), has won the prestigious 2015 Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris women’s race in 2:23:24. 

CNN, MultiChoice launch 20th African Journalist Awards

CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards.