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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Gazetted QoS boosts NCC, warns of professional banditry


Recent gazetting of Quality of Service (QoS) by the Federal Ministry of Justice has given the telecom regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) a boost, even as NCC warns of professional banditry in the industry.

Speaking at the 2012 national stakeholders’ consultative forum in Lagos organised by the Commission, the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah made this disclosure.

He noted that although the problem of quality of service (QoS) looked intractable for a while, he was relieved due to some definite measures have been taken to bring it under control.

One of such measures, he said, is the recent approval and gazetting of the Quality of Service Regulations by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

This, Juwah said will strengthen the NCC to take some severe measures when service providers are found wanting.

“I am also happy to announce that only recently the Commission engaged the services of seven Drive-Test contractors to carry out quality of service drive-testing in the six geo-political zones and Lagos,” he said.

According to him, the Drive-Test team has commenced service fully by this week and are expected to lead to comprehensive and across the country quality of service monitoring. 


“In addition, our Monitoring and Enforcement Personnel have been very busy lately, either shutting down the activities of illegal users of spectrum or engaging importers of handsets that are not type-approved,” he said.

NCC, Juwah said, would not tolerate professional banditry in the industry as they are fully empowered by the Communications Act to deal with issues of compliance and assurance standards.

On the issue of business development, he said, NCC has also identified Broadband deployment as one way of introducing more competition into the industry, and this can also reduce the pressure on mobile services which presently account for over 90 per cent of current broadband availability.

Remmy Nweke

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