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REPORT ON LICENSING OF MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS UNTRUE – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has described a report in an online publication purporting that the Commission had concluded work on the licensing framework that will open Nigerian telecoms market for the launch of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) as untrue, speculative and unfounded and should be disregarded in its entirety by the members of the public.

A statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde says the MVNO licence framework which is an important precursor to the licensing of this category of telecoms players, is not concluded, contrary to the statement in the said media report.

The statement further stresses that for the avoidance of doubt, the Commission had on December 10, 2020, published on its official website, the first draft document on “Licence Framework for the Establishment of Mobile Virtual Network Operators in Nigeria; noting that the publication followed an industry stakeholders’ workshop on MVNO for the purpose of collectively examining the potential benefits, technical feasibility, market demand and appropriate model for MVNO adoption in Nigeria.

In line with its regulatory procedures in policy formulation, the Commission, after uploading the document online requested for inputs, comments and submissions from industry stakeholders and other members of the public on the draft document, the collation of which are still ongoing.

Hence, no action will be taken until the conclusion of the MVNO framework, consideration of inputs from all relevant stakeholders and the approval by the board of the Commission, the statement affirms.

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