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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NCC bars mobile operators from VASA, unveils framework

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given ‘I am ready’ sound to license the Value Added Service Aggregator (VASA) in the country, but barred Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), among others, from the exercise, reports ITRealms.

Also barred from participation in the forthcoming license regime include the Value Added Service (VAS) Content providers, (using Short Code), and VAS Special Numbering Service Licensees.

These, NCC declared, “are NOT eligible to apply for the VAS Aggregator license.”

This is coming as the Commission has unveiled its VASA license framework.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, confirmed to ITRealms that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has developed a Value Added Service (VAS) Aggregator License Framework.

NCC also beckons on interested members of the public and corporate organizations to accordingly send their applications to the Commission's Headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, applicants should note that “Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Value Added Service (VAS) Content (using Short Code) and VAS (Special Numbering Service) Licensees “are NOT eligible to apply for the VAS Aggregator license.”

In addition, he said, content developers are to register with the Commission to enable integration into the Value Added Service (VAS) value chain made up of: Content Developer ⇒ Content Service Provider ⇒ VAS Aggregator ⇒ Mobile Network Operator.

Further, he said, applicants must download the Individual License Application Form from the Commission website, fill and return in triplicate.

Upon submission you are required to pay ₦1,000.00 for the form and 5 per cent of the licence fee of ₦10,000,000.00 being ₦500,000.00 as a non-refundable administrative charges.

Ojobo urged applicants to reach out to NCC website for the VAS Aggregator License Framework for guidance.

NCC emphasized that submission of application by prospective VAS Aggregator Licensees must be within two (2) weeks from the date of this publication, dated December 4, 2017, stressing that all applications submitted after the deadline will not be entertained.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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