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NCC strives to promote competitive telecom market

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, , has expressed its commitment towards promoting an efficient, accessible and competitive telecom industry.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC Dr. Aminu Maida made the remark at a Public Inquiry, focusing on three vital regulatory instruments in the communications sector held in Abuja .
The EVC said that it is a testament to the Commission’s dedication to transparency and inclusivity ensuring that the voices of all stakeholders are heard and considered.

He pointed out that these regulatory instruments play a vital role in shaping the country ‘s communications landscape and it is essential to visit and refine them to address emerging challenges, trends and opportunities.

Dr Maida further explained that the instruments considered during the course of the public inquiry are vital in ensuring the communications sector meets the demand of the ever-evolving digital age pointing out that the first Regulatory instrument in the agenda was Telecommunications Networks Interconnect Regulations because interconnection plays a vital role in enabling seamless communication between two different networks, and facilitating the growth of the communication industry in Nigeria.

“”….This review is crucial to keep pace with technological advancement, foster competition, protect consumer interest, align with international standards and improve regulatory efficiency in the industry….Maida said ”

The second instrument to be reviewed is Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators adding that as the industry continues to evolve there are instances where disconnection of operators becomes necessary this guidelines lay out the procedural framework through which such approvals are granted, ensuring that they are carried out in a transparent and accountable manner.

The NCC boss said that the commission will be reviewing the guidelines for Dispute Resolution as .disputes are an inevitable part of any industry.

”…. In fact, it is indisputable in any transaction and having a robust framework to resolve them is crucial, and these guidelines aim to provide a clear and transparent mechanism for resolving conflicts within the communications sector promoting timely resolutions and ensuring that stakeholders are treated fairly.
As disputes arise, we must evaluate and improve these guidelines to ensure they remain effective in resolving conflicts and promoting a stable telecommunications ecosystem… Maida said…””
In a welcome address the acting Head of legacy and Regulatory Services of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC Mrs. Chizua Whyte said the Public Inquiry, is a vital part of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) mandate to create a dynamic communications sector pointing out that the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 empowers it to develop and amend regulatory instruments, and the input of the stakeholders is crucial in refining these regulations to address the sector’s evolving challenges.