Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Report
(Quarter 2 - 2019)
Request For A Meeting From Sinel Global Concept Ltd.
The Commission received a letter from Sinel Global Concept Ltd. on behalf of Priority Communications Ltd., requesting a meeting on behalf of its client (Priority Communications Ltd.) for an out-of-court settlement regarding pending charge before the Federal High Court for illegal provision of communication services to wit; illegal deployment of service in the 5.4GHz frequency band.
The meeting was held on May 16, 2019 and it was resolved that the matter be settled out of court subject to the provision of a letter of comfort from priority Ltd that they would comply with whatever regulatory decision that may be considered by the Commission.
Proposals For Tackling Call Masking & SIM Boxing
The Commission received financial proposals from the four (4) companies selected out of the six (6) companies that participated in the Proof of Concept (POC) on Call Masking and Sim Boxing. The proposals are currently being reviewed by the Committee.
Joint Venture Agreement Between Billyronks Global Limited And Perpetual Communications Limited
Billyronks Global Limited applied to the Commission for the registration of a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between itself and Perpetual Global Limited without any prior approval from the Commission. The Commission having reviewed the agreements directed the parties to cease operation and give reasons why sanctions prescribed in the Regulation should not be imposed against them.
Enforcement Action Against Licensees That Failed To Renew Their Licenses Pursuant To Section 43 Of The NCA
The Commission reported twenty four (24) Companies who continuously failed to renew their licenses after expiration. Pre-enforcement notices were sent to the affected companies in which only five (5) responded to the notice. Consequently, enforcement action was approved against the 19 defaulting companies for operating without valid Licenses.
Enforcement Action Against Auto Tracker Nig. Ltd For The Provison Of Communication Services Without A Licence In Lagos.
An Enforcement action was carried out against Auto Tracker Nig.Ltd in Lagos on May 16, 2019 for providing communication services without licence. The suspect was arrested and handed over to the NSCDC for interrogation. Auto Tracker Nig. Ltd were directed to immediately regularize and notify the Commission failing which all numbers in its data base will be deactivated by MTN.
Contravention Of Section 38 Of The Nigerian Communications Act 2003 - Notice Of Sanction.
DCC Satellite Limited’s (DCC) transferred its licence to CWG contrary to Section 38 of the NCA, 2003 and Condition 10 of its IDA License without prior knowledge of the Commission.
Consequently, an administrative fine in the sum of N25, 000.000 (Twenty five Million Naira) only was imposed against CWG, based on the provisions of paragraph 14 (e) (f) (g) & (l) of the Enforcement Regulations, 2005, to serve as deterrence. The deadline for payment of the fine is 3rd of June 2019.
Identified Breach Of The Commission’s Guidelines On The Technical Specifications For Installation Of Telecommunications Masts And Towers, 2009.
The Commission on June 6, 2019 directed all BTS sites operators (MTN, IHS, ATC, AIRTEL and GLO) whose sites were in breach of the Commission’s Guidelines on Technical Specifications for the Installation of Telecommunications Masts and Towers 2009 (Guidelines) to carryout remedial measures on or before June 28, 2019 to avoid enforcement action against them in accordance with the Guidelines and the Commission’s Enforcement Processes Regulations, 2019.
Enforcement Exercise Carried Regarding Complaint On Frequency Interference Into EMTS Networks In Awka, Anambra State
Enforcement exercise was carried out from June 24-26, 2019, in Anambra State regarding a complaint from EMTS due to interference on its 2100MHz band, resulting to significant impact on its quality of service delivery at some of its sites covering Ngozika Estate, Udoka Estate and Okponu at Awka, Anambra State. The affected areas were visited and all offending equipment’s illegally interfering with EMTS Networks were confiscated. (Boosters, Power signal DC ll and Antennas in the vicinities and handed over to ENZO.
Enforcement Against Y-Com Ltd For Failure To Renew Licence
The Commission had carried out an enforcement exercise against Y-Com Ltd for failure to renew its expired license, its office premises was sealed.
Although Y-COM had since applied for unsealing of their office premises, the Company had commence the processes for meeting up with all the outstanding obligations to enable the Commission renew its license.
Enforcement Action Against RAGP
Further Enforcement action has been considered against Recharge and Get Paid whose Sales and Installation License was deregistered in May 2019 for operating outside the scope of its license. The Commission has published a disclaimer against RAGP on two (2) national dailies warning the general public that any person who deals with the company does so at his own risk.