Wednesday, October 20, 2021

NCC Seeks Stakeholders’ Input On Draft Regulatory Instruments

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plan to hold a public hearing on three of its new regulations. 

It said the public hearing would afford industry stakeholders the opportunity to offer their inputs on the regulations and for the commission to make adjustments where necessary for the benefit of the industry.

The three regulations, which have been published on the commission’s website are Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation, SIM Replacement Guidelines, and Spectrum Trading Guidelines.

According to a statement by the commission’s director of public affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the public hearing for the three regulations has been scheduled to hold on October 5, 2021.

“In accordance with Section 57 of the Act, public inquiries in respect of the above-mentioned draft regulatory instruments have been scheduled to hold virtually at 11.00 am on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

“Interested stakeholders are by this notice invited to make written submissions on the subject and participate in the public inquiries. Details of the virtual meeting will be forwarded to interested attendees prior to the public inquiries,” it said.

The statement added all submissions must reach the commission on or before Friday, September 24, 2021, and should be addressed to ‘The executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja’.

The Spectrum Guidelines, according to the NCC, is to promote certainty and transparency in the processes of the commission by outlining the detailed procedure and conditions for spectrum trading in the country’s communications sector, while the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation sets out the business rules for implementation of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration and related activities within the context of the telecommunication sector.

The SIM Replacement Guidelines 2021 on the other hand, stipulates the processes that will govern SIM replacement of individuals and corporate bodies (IoT and M2M) in Nigeria, it added.

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