NCC announces temporary suspension of licences to operators

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a temporary suspension of new licence issuance to operators in three categories, effective May 17, 2024.

According to a statement by the NCC’s Director Public Affairs, Reuben Mouka, the affected categories are ‘Mobile Virtual Network Operator Licence, Interconnect Exchange Licence and Value Added Service Aggregator Licence.’

It stated that the suspension is aimed at enabling a thorough review of market saturation, competition levels, and current market dynamics.

According to the statement, the NCC exercised its powers under the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 to grant and renew licences, promote fair competition, and develop the communications industry.

The commission noted that during the suspension period, new applications for the aforementioned licences will not be accepted. However, pending applications will be considered on their merits.

The public is invited to forward any enquiries or clarifications to

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator Licence allows companies to sell mobile services under their brand name using a licenced mobile operator’s network.

The Interconnect Exchange Licence enables the interconnection of independent entities to facilitate electronic communications transfer.

Value-Added Service Aggregators provide non-core network telecommunication services beyond standard voice calls, such as internet, directory services, and content services.

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