The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Research & Development

See below for the Research and Development (R&D) activities of the Nigerian Communications Commission;


There are over 40 different taxes and levies meted out upon the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) carrying out telecoms services in Nigeria. Although these taxes serve as critical sources of revenue for the various tiers of Government in Nigeria, there are nonetheless severe national consequences of over-taxation. Over taxation limits the prospects of rollout of a National digital economy’s because it impedes network expansion efforts by Telecoms Operators and hinders further build out advancements and investments. It also limits Operator efforts at mobile penetration and digital inclusion as some of these taxes are being passed to consumers.

The aim of this research is to establish the quantum of charges on Telecoms companies in Nigeria by State Governments and examine its effect on the Access Gap per State and in turn, the National Digital Economy Agenda.

Download: pdf Compendium on Taxes, Levies And Fees By State Governments On Telecoms Operators In Nigeria And Its Effect On The National Digital Economy Agenda (3.69 MB)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is mandated to encourage effective research and development efforts by the Academia and other practitioners in the communications’ industry, with the goal of building the indigenous capacity of manufacturers and improving the overall supply chain, within the Nigerian economy.

Consequently, and as part of the Commission’s objective of entrenching telecommunications-based innovations in sustaining growth of the Industry and enhancing the contribution of the Sector to national development, the Commission is instituting a Research Fellowship Programme in 2020. This Programme will advance the Academia – Telecommunications Industry Partnership through collaborative work on providing solutions to issues of emerging technologies and other Industry challenges.

Download the following document at the link below to read more about the NCC Research Fellowship Programme.

One disruptive technology that is changing the way the world operates is Artificial Intelligence (AI). As the science and advancement of AI develops, smart technologies are increasingly being deployed and will have profound ethical, psychological, social, economic, and legal consequences for human society and our planet. Artificial autonomous agents are simply the next stage in the development of technology.

Autonomous agents perceive, decide, and act on their own. In summary, autonomous agents behave as humans. This is a radical, qualitative change in our technology and in our image of technology. This raises concerns ofthe fact that AI agents could in the future, take unwanted actions that result in dire consequences.

Due to the constant development and wide deployment of AI technology (in areas such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, agriculture, Smart Cities amongst others) in the ICT sector, AI continuously undergoes change cycles that result in new emerging ethical, social and legal issues.

This has already initiated the transformation of our societies, and the emergence of ethical, legal and social challenges leading to a collective debate on the potential positive and negative impact of AI, and if we can indeed allow these systems to occupy human roles.

Hence, this paper, sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), aims to dissect AI, its impact on society and the ethical considerations concerning its wide deployment by focusing on the following research questions:

  1. How does AI impact the society?
  2. What are the ethical considerations related to AI?
  3. Can AI be regulated? If so, how?

 Download:   pdf Ethical and Societal Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (596 KB)

Please find below the proposals submitted for the Emerging Technologies Competition 2019;