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NCC commits to enhancing telecom industry efficiency and competition, says Maida

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Aminu Maida, expressed on Tuesday the commitments of the regulatory authority to promote an efficient, accessible, and competitive telecom industry.

Maida, who spoke at the public inquiry on three critical regulatory instruments shaping the nation’s communications landscape, noted that the inquiry “we are conducting today is a testament to the Commission’s dedication to transparency and inclusivity, ensuring that the voices of all stakeholders are heard and considered.”

He said the public inquiry underscores the NCC’s commitment to fostering a robust and competitive telecommunications sector.

Maida noted that “these regulatory instruments play a vital role in shaping our communications landscape, and it is essential that we visit and refine them to address emerging challenges, trends, and opportunities.”

The three instruments under review are:

  • Telecommunications Network Interconnect Regulations: This review aims to ensure seamless network interconnection, foster competition, protect consumers, align with global standards, and improve regulatory efficiency in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

  • Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators: As the industry grows, these guidelines establish a transparent and accountable framework for operator disconnection, if necessary.

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  • Guidelines for Dispute Resolution: A robust mechanism for resolving conflicts within the communications sector is crucial. These guidelines aim to provide a clear and transparent process for timely resolutions that ensure fair treatment for all stakeholders.

Maida emphasised the need for ongoing evaluation and improvement of these guidelines. “As disputes arise, we must ensure they remain effective in resolving conflicts and promoting a stable telecommunications ecosystem,” he stated.

He said that the public inquiry provided a platform for meaningful discussions on the current needs and challenges of the Nigerian communications industry.

According to him, stakeholder input will be invaluable in shaping the future of the sector, fostering innovation, fair competition, and ultimately serving the best interests of all Nigerians.

On his part, the acting head of legal and regulatory services, Chizua Whyte, said the public inquiry underscores the NCC commitment to regulatory excellence and to building a robust communications sector that supports the Nigerian economy.

She said that the Commission’s collaborative efforts with stakeholders have driven significant advancements and will continue to propel the sector forward.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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