Issue #24   •   Quarter 1 Edition   •   April 2018

 
  • NCC Holds 82nd Edition of Telecom Consumer Parliament - Focuses on Benefits of Value-Added Services

    The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, held the 82nd edition of its flagship consumer-focused forum - The Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja.

    The Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta in a keynote speech which speaks eloquently to the theme of the edition: VALUE ADDED SERVICES AND THEIR BENEFITS, said the importance of Value Added Services (VAS) is huge in optimizing the benefits of telecom services to the consumers.

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    The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta giving his welcome address.

    Cross section of participants.
  • NCC is the Best Performing Ministerial SERVICOM Unit

    The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has been awarded THE BEST PERFORMING MINISTERIAL SERVICOM UNIT honour.

    The Award was presented at the National Council of Nodal Officers of SERVICOM forum which took place at the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

    Millicent Pat-Nwaoyo, Manager Government Relations, received the Award on behalf of Mr. Inatimi Spiff, NCC's Head of Legislative and Government Relations, who is also NCC's SERVICOM Nodal Officer.

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    Millicent Pat-Nwaoyo, Manager, Government Relations, NCC receiving the award on behalf of Inatimi Spiff, NCC's Head of Legislative and Government Relations.

    Millicent Pat-Nwaoyo, Manager, Government Relations, NCC with the award.
  • NCC, House Committee on Telecommunications Hold Retreat on Telecom Services

    In keeping with its commitment to see to an improved environment for telecommunication services provision, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and the House Committee on Telecommunications held a Three-Day Retreat at Keffi, Nasarawa State.

    Honnourable Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, Chairman House of Representatives' Committee of Telecommunications; Honourable Chukwuemeka Ujam PhD, Deputy Chairman House of Representatives' Committee on Telecommunications; Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC; Mrs. Monilola Udoh, Director ICT Federal Ministry of Communications; Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, Head Legal and Regulatory Services NCC; Dr. Bello Lawal of Bayero University Kano; Mr. Rotimi Ogunyemi, an ICT Attorney all made incisive presentations which implementation will impact positively on future developments of the telecom sector in Nigeria.

    Some of the presentations made at the retreat which focused on IMPROVING THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA THROUGH QUALITATIVE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES, include the following: Accelerating Development Through Broadband Penetration; Emerging Issues in Oversighting Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government; The Need for Data Protection; and Updating the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.

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    Hon. Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, Chairman House Committee on Telecommunications presenting his address

    Inatimi Spiff, Head Legislative and Government Relations, NCC, presenting the EVC's Remarks at the Retreat. .
  • NCC Holds Workshop on Electronic Banking Fraud in Port Harcourt

    The Nigerian Communications Commission yesterday hosted a broad spectrum of stakeholders at a workshop - the Third Industry Working Group on Forum on Electronic Banking Fraud in Nigeria - at the Nigerian Bar Association House in Port Harcourt.

    Dr. Fidelia Onah, NCC's Director of Technical Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI), who represented Ubale Maska, NCC's Executive Commissioner Technical Services, told the participants that the workshop was organised to sensitive all persons in Nigeria about challenges of electronic banking in order to safeguard the integrity of all financial services.

    Other experts including Dr. Adewale Banjoko of GF Forensics, as well as Bola Adisa and Stefan Prinsloo of Computer Warehouse Group also made presentations on dimensions of electronic transactions and how to safeguard online financial service and processes.

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    (L-R): Bako Wakil, Deputy Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC; Fidelia Onah, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC; Bola Adisa of CWG

    Stefan Prinsloo of CWG making a presentation.
  • NCC hosts forum on cost based pricing for retail broadband and data services

    Pursuant and consistent with its mandate of regulating the telecommunications industry, the Strategic Management Plan (SMP 2014-2018) and the 8-Point Agenda, the Commission has organized a forum on Cost Based Pricing for retail broadband and data services for the determination of affordable broadband prices based on costing.

    The event held at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Cappa, Oshodi, Lagos is in part one of the Commission’s ways of engaging with industry players and stakeholders for participatory regulation to come up with a cost based price regime that will lead to a win-win industry, economic development and growth of the nation.

    The forum is in line with the Commission’s 8-point agenda to promote Accessibility, Availability and Affordability for pervasive broadband penetration for the attainment of the 30% broadband penetration by 2018 as envisaged in the National Broadband plan.

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    Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, giving the welcome address.

    (L-R): Sean Whiteman Kennedy, Regulatory Expert (KPMG); Josephine Amuwa, Director PCEA NCC; Prof. Danbatta, EVC/CEO NCC; Segun Sowande, Partner and Head Management Consulting (KPMG) and Olusola Teniola, ATCON President.

  • The Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council Visits NCC

    Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the EVC/ CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) received a delegation headed by Edirin Akemu from the Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council today at the Commission's Head Office.

    This maiden visit aimed at discussing areas of mutuality for partnership and collaboration with a view to enhancing the growth of the Nigerian telecommunications sector, the second most vibrant sector of the economy after oil with a promising potential for employment, economic growth and development remains to be deeply exploited said Edirin Akemu, the leader of the delegation while delivering her presentation.

    The Council was inaugurated on May 30,2017, by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, while serving in the capacity of the Acting President to help in transforming the industrial sector of the economy and, its primary objective is to assist the government in formulating policies and strategies for implementation to enhance the performance and industrialization of the nation.

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    (L-R): Edirin Akemu, leader of the Delegation; Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO of NCC; Bako Wakil, Deputy Director Technical Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI) NCC and Spiff Initimi, Head Legislative and Government Relations (LGR) NCC.

    Members of the Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.
  • NCC Holds 90th Edition of Consumer Outreach Programme in Osisioma Ngwa LGA in Abia State.

    As part of the Nigerian Communication Commission’s practice of engaging telecom consumers through information and education, the Commission held the 90th Edition of Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) with a focus on INFORMATION AND EDUCATION AS CATALYSTS FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION.

    NCC’s Deputy Director Consumer Affairs, Ismail Adedigba who represented the Commission's Director of Consumer Affairs, Abdullahi Maikano, at the event reiterated the Commission's efforts and initiatives instituted to address the challenges of consumers such as the “622” toll free line dedicated to enable consumers to escalate unresolved matters earlier reported to their service providers. Adedigba also informed the audience about the the "2442" Do-Not-Disturb (DND) short code that enables consumers to manage unsolicited messages they receive.

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    (L-R): Iheanyi Okechukwu, Representing Consumer Advocacy Group; Chris Nkoro, Representing Rector Abia State Polytechnic; Felix Adeoye, Commission Secretary, NCC; Fidelis Onah, Director Technical Standard and Network Integrity, NCC; Ismail Adedigba, Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau,NCC; Philip Eretan, Deputy Director, Licensing and Authorization, NCC; Benito Eze, State Commandant, NSCDC; Uba Leonard, HOD Capital National Assets and Infrastructure, Abia State Command, NSCDC.

    Consumers and participants at the event.
  • Stakeholders Forum to review and discuss the report and findings on Cost Based Study for the Determination of the Mobile Termination Rates (MTR), Lagos.

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    (L-R): Mr Alex Ramos, Assistant Director, Price WaterHousecoopers (PWC) London; Engr. Austine Nwaulune, Director Spectrum Administration, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Mr. Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Ms. Josephine Amuwa, Director Policy Competition and Economic Analysis, Nigerian Communications Commission,(NCC) and Dr Michael Hardt, Director Price WaterHousecoopers (PWC) London, during the stakeholders forum on cost based study for the determination of mobile voice termination rate yesterday February 01, 2018 at Digital Bridge Institute, Lagos.
  • The Nigerian Communications Commission hosts a Consultative Forum on Value Added Services Aggregator (VAS Aggregator) Framework.

    The Nigerian Communications Commission hosted a Consultative Forum on Value Added Services Aggregator Framework at the Commission’s head office in Abuja. The Forum Is one of a series of Consultations started by the Commission early last year with different stakeholders of the VAS sub- sector of the industry to discuss and fine-tune the framework’s regulatory intervention.

    The framework designed by the Commission in consultation with industry players and Kayafas Consult, the Consultant engaged for the development of the framework, is to be adopted to enhance regulatory excellence and ease the operations of VAS provision in the Nigeria’s telecoms industry. The addition of the VAS Aggregator player to the original Value chain ( Content Developer- VAS Provider- Network Service Provider) will lead to the recreation of the value chain into a framework of Content Developer- VAS Service Provider- VAS Aggregator- Network Service Provider.

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    Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, NCC, delivering a presentation during the event.

    Cross section of participants.
  • NCC Holds 34th Edition of Consumer Town Hall Meeting (CTM) in Barkin-Ladi, Plateau State.

    The town of Barkin-Ladi, in Plateau State, hosted the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) officials, representatives of Mobile Service providers and other stakeholders for the 34th Edition of the Consumer Town Hall Meeting (CTM).

    Director of Consumer Affairs, Mr. Abdullahi Maikano, who spoke through Ismail Adedigba, a deputy director in the Department said in his opening remarks that the conception and delivery of the CTM re-emphasis the importance the Commission attaches to its stakeholders and in particular the consumer who has to be informed, educated and protected from unfair practices in the industry, and that is why the event’s theme is "Information and Education as a Catalyst for Consumer Protection", Ismail Adedigba noted that the institutionalization of multiple platforms to tackle consumer issues which signifies the centrality of the consumer to the undertakings of the Nigerian Communications Commission.

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    (L-R): Mr Sule B. Muhammad, Divisional Officer, NSCDC Barkin-Ladi; Mr Jide Abdulazeez, representative of Advocacy Group; Mr. Ismail Adedigba, Deputy Director Consumer Affairs Bureau NCC; Ali Nuhu, Face of Telecom Consumer; and HH Da John Dalyop, Gwom Rwei Gashish, representative of the HRH Da Edward Gyang Bot J.P, Dagwon Rwei Barkin-Ladi.


    Cross section of participants.
  • Phillips Consulting Nigeria ranks Nigerian Communications Commission Website the best.

    The Nigerian Communications Commission received a Web-Jurist Award for best performing website in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) Category 2017.

    The Web Jurist Assessment, an annual award event in which Organizations websites are assessed and ranked by Phillips Consulting Nigeria adjudged NCC’s Website to be the best in ranking based on the criteria of aesthetics, technical features, website content, customer experience/satisfaction; website performance, website accessibility and use of social media.

    Mr. Abraham Oshadami, Head Information Technology received the award on behalf of Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, said it is pertinent to recall that NCC was recognized with four prestigious awards in 2016 by the same organizer for Customer Experience Parastatal Category, Best Overall Parastatal Category, Website Content Parastatal Category and Use of Social Media (Twitter) Parastatal Category.

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    (L-R): Tosin Oduneye, Manager, NCC; Abraham Oshadami, Head Information Technology, NCC; Muhammad Bello, Manager, NCC

    L-R: Sanusi Aliyu, Deputy Manager Online Media and Special Publications Unit NCC; Truddy Tony, Senior Manager Media Management NCC; Oluwaseun Ngonnase, Senior Expert, Phillips Consulting Nigeria; Abraham Oshadami, Head Information Technology NCC; Foluso Phillips, Chairman Phillips Consulting Nigeria; Kenneth Uzoekwe, NCC Zonal Controller Lagos; Muhammad Bello, Senior Manager Information Technology NCC and Tosin Oduneye, Deputy Manager Information Technology NCC.
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pays a courtesy visit to NCC.

    The Management of Independent National Electoral Commission lead by its Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office in Abuja.

    The team was received by Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/ CEO and Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission. After the welcoming and exchange of pleasantries by members of the duo Commissions, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said that the purpose of his visit is to establish areas of partnership and collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission with a view to enhancing and making elections more electronic, by deploying telecommunications services and technologies to ease INEC’s work and make it more professional.

    Professor Mahmood noted that NCC has recorded unprecedented achievements as the regulator of the Nigerian telecoms industry, stressing that telecommunications has infiltrated every sector of our lives from how we live as individuals, to how we work, do business and socialize with the rest of the world. Professor Mahmood noted the power of Internet/Broadband and voice telephony as well as convergence has opened up boundless opportunities and provided amazing technologies that operate almost at the speed of light, which has subsequently made life easier but more complicated.

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    (L-R): Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission and Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission

    (L-R): Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission receiving a copy of the NCC’s in-house magazine, “The Communicator” from the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.
  • The Governing Council and Management Of Federal University of Wukari Visit EVC NCC -Solicit ICT and Broadband Support.

    The Governing Board and Management of Federal University of Wukari in Taraba State paid a courtesy call to the Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission. The Chairman Governing Council of the Institute, Ahmad Uba Nana lead the team whom were received by Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC with some Management staff.

    Professor Umar Danbatta, EVC/ CEO NCC spoke on a number of concerns in the industry ranging from oversight functions of the NCC, Spectrum which he described like crude oil with wide spectrum benefits, Broadband, Infrastructure Companies, The National Broadband Plan 2014-2018 and its objectives, relative Broadband speed in different states across Nigeria, and also gave a detailed narration on each of the item of the 8-Point Agenda of NCC and how it will impact the industry and the nation at large. The EVC NCC also spoke about liberal philosophy to education, the need for cohesive existence of societies and NCC’s collaboration to develop research and development between tertiary institutions of learning and The Department of R&D in the Commission.

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    (L-R): Ahmad Uba Nana, Chairman (Pro-Chancellor) Council Governing Board of Federal University of Wukari, Taraba State; Prof. Umar Danbatta, EVC/ CEO, NCC; Prof. Abubakar Musa Kindiri, Vice Chancellor (VC) Federal University Wukari, Taraba State.

    A group photograph of EVC/ CEO NCC with his Visitors and Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission.
  • The New CEO of Spectranet pays a Courtesy Visit to NCC.

    Ajay Awasthi, the New Chief Executive Officer of Spectranet Nigeria paid a courtesy call to Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission. Awasthi said that he is succeeding the former CEO of the Company, David Venn.

    The new CEO was accompanied to the NCC’s head office by Zakir Hussain, General Manager Network Empowerment at Spectranet introduced himself and spoke on Nigeria being the largest market for telecommunications services in Africa.

    Professor Danbatta in his remarks referred to the National Broadband Plan and its expectation to provide 30% penetration by 2018, which implies extending Broadband services to about 50 million of the country’s population. He also spoke about the 8-Point Agenda placing emphasis on an item of the 8-Point Agenda of facilitating Broadband penetration and dwelled on Broadband speed, transmission, users, pricing and mostly user applications as comprising the Broadband Ecosystem while highlighting innovative applications as the main goal of Broadband services.

    The EVC welcomed the New CEO, sought good collaboration and wished him a happy and memorable stay in Nigeria.

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    (L-R): Zakir Hussain, Network Empowerment Spectranet; Edith Afundu, Assistant Director Policy Competition and Economic Analysis Department NCC; Usman Malah, Chief of Staff to EVC; Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/ CEO NCC; Ajay Awasthi, New CEO to Spectranet; Spiff Initimi, Head Legislative and Government Relations NCC; Suleiman Garba, Special Assistant Technical to EVC and Chinelo Ofomata, Assistant Director Legal and Regulatory Services.
  • Bitflux and VDT Limited pay a Joint Courtesy Call to EVC NCC

    The Management of Bitflux Limited and VDT Limited paid a joint courtesy call to the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission.

    Bitflux Limited holds a wholesale wireless (Broadband) license while VDT Limited is an ISP Operator in the market segment of Data services in Nigeria and, have developed a mutually beneficial relationship, of VDT retailing the services of Bitflux. The team visited the Commission to discuss the challenges faced by their businesses in order to provide lasting regulatory solutions.

    Professor Danbatta was pleased with the visit and their concerns regarding the operations of Broadband In Nigeria, where the EVC remarked that the presentation made on Cost based pricing study on Broadband/Data conducted in January 2018 in Lagos in collaboration with KPMG Limited was to look at the challenges of deployment, accessibility, availability and affordability of Broadband services in Nigeria.

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    A group photograph of NCC Management and joint team from Bitflux Limited and VDT Limited.
  • Centre for Cyber Security Awareness and Development (CECAD) in collaboration with NCC and NIRA organizes World Safer Internet Day.

    The Nigerian Communications Commission joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Safer Internet day with the slogan: “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you”. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a discourse to help educate participants of the virtues and vices of the Internet.

    The event organized by Centre for Cyber Security Awareness and Development (CECAD) in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Nigeria Internet Registration Agency (NIRA) as well as other relevant stakeholders of the industry held at NIRA Office, Surulere, Lagos.

    Professor Umar Garba Danbatta while delivering the Keynote address through Haru Alhassan, Director New Media and Information Security at NCC stated that the Internet is the most powerful force of the 21st century with boundless opportunities but still pose potential risks to users. Danbatta, further stated that the Internet has globalized the world with its disruptive capacity and has dramatically evolved our lives into the Es-(electronics) from e-banking, e-business, e-learning, e-commerce, e- medicine and so forth thereby transforming how we live. However, these virtues of the Internet have come with vices known as cybercrime which call for cybersecurity or cyber policing and for users to adopt precautionary measures.

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    Haru Alhassan, Director New Media and Information Security Department, NCC, delivers the keynote address.

    Cross section of participants.
  • NCC Holds 91st Consumer Outreach Programme in Mangu, Plateau State

    In keeping with the Commission’s mandate of educating consumer, the Commission held the 91st Edition of its Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) in Mangu, Plateau State, under the theme: Information and Education as Catalyst for Consumer Protection

    The NCC’s Deputy Director Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ismail Adedigba, who represented the Director Consumer Affairs Bureau, Abdullahi Maikano, stated that the NCC is determined to empower the telecom consumer through information sharing, education and dialogue. He added that the NCC would ensure that consumers receive clear, complete and accurate information on services they subscribe to, to enable them to make informed decisions on products and services offered.

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    NCC’s Deputy Director Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ismail Adedigba giving the welcome address.

    Cross section of participants at the event.
  • Tony Ojobo Receives 2017 NIPR Presidential Merit Award

    The Director of Public Affair at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr. Tony Ojobo, received the NIPR Presidential Merit Award during the 2017 NIPR Presidential Dinner and Awards at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

    These awards are conferred on men, women and corporate entities that have distinguished themselves in the practice of public relations.

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    Tony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs, NCC and Dr. Rotimi Oladele FNIPR, President Nigerian Institute of Public Relations

    (L-R): Olasumbo Olawaiye, Principal Manager Public Relations NCC; Omoniyi Ibietan, Head Online Media and Special Publications NCC; Ofunne Rosemary Nwamina, Media Management Unit NCC.