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Saturday, February 08, 2020

NCC pledges research-based policies, competition - ITREALMS

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has pledged research-based policies and competition, reports ITREALMS.

The Director, Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis (PCEA) Department, NCC, Josephine Amuwa, reiterated this commitment on Thursday, saying it would enable environment for healthy competition among telecommunications operators. 

She also said this was necessary to ensure the provision of qualitative and efficient services throughout the country in line with global best practices.ITREALMS equally reports that NCC is commited 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.

NCC assured in a remark made at a two-day annual departmental retreat in Abuja by Amuwa.

"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.

Further, Amuwa 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.

She 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.

Amuwa, however, pointed out that study was ongoing on retail broadband and data services toward 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.

Also speaking at the event, Sunday Atu, Head Competition and Tariff, NCC, 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: Group photograph of staff of Policy Competition and Economic Analysis (PCEA) Department, NCC

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