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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NCC conducts study on retail broadband, data services - ITREALMS

Apex telecommunications regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), would soon come out with a study on retail broadband and data services, reports ITREALMS.

Disclosing this at the weekend, the Director, Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis (PCEA) Department, NCC, Josephine Amuwa, said at a departmental two-day retreat in Abuja, the study would be a boaster towards efficient regulation.

“The Department is fortified to provide Nigerians with economic indication on telecommunications contribution to the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” she said

She reaffirmed NCC commitment last Thursday, saying it would enable environment for healthy competition among telecommunications operators.

Also, she said the study would aid the provision of qualitative and efficient services nationwide.

ITREALMS equally reports that NCC is committed to regularly undertake cost-based studies in order to ensure fair pricing of data and voice services in a bid to protect Nigerians and consumers in the telecom sector.

"The Policy Competition and Economic Analysis (PCEA) Department has been directly responsible for approving, regulating, and monitoring of telecoms tariffs, assessing the level of competition in the industry, monitoring behaviour, measuring the performance of the industry as well as providing policy directions on topical issues related to the ecosystem,” he said.

Amuwa further said that her department could be relied upon for the provision of up-to-date statistical information on voice and data subscriptions, teledensity, as well as level of broadband penetration.

The director explained that the determination of Mobile Termination Rate, Determination of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) Pricing, and Determination of Mobile Number Portability transaction fees in the sector were among key issues that the PCEA department handled recently.

Emphasising, Head Competition and Tariff, NCC, 
Sunday Atu, said evaluations were ongoing to ascertain areas to deepen competition in the telecommunications market and to benchmarking these practices against international best practices.

Chukwuyere Ebere, a telecommunication lawyer who spoke as a guest speaker at the retreat, charged the Commission to maintain the practice of stakeholder consultation and benchmarking new regulatory policies against International Telecommunication Standards.

Ebere's counsel resonated with Amuwa who had earlier noted that the Commission never rested on its oars despite the fact that its achievements had placed it as a foremost national telecom regulatory agency in Africa.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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Pix: Director, Policy Competition and Economic Analysis (PCEA) Department, NCC, Josephine Amuwa

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