Increased Enforcement, Path To Telecoms Industry’s Growth – Experts

The Nigerian Communications Commission in 2012 carried out a lot of enforcement activities against defaulters in different areas of the telecoms industry. From those selling pre-registered SIM cards to illegal users of frequency spectrum, the telecoms regulator did not make it easy for those flouting regulatory guidelines in the industry.

Stakeholders, while examining the impact of such moves on the industry, see them as appropriate, legal and necessary for the survival and sustainability of the industry. With an investment of $25bn and still growing, they advise the NCC to renew its enforcement vigour in 2013, as mandated by the Communications Act.

The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, had earlier in 2012, said the commission would raise its game in the area of enforcement, following a decade of telecoms growth. This, he said, became imperative in order to protect telecoms investment and maintain decorum among all players in the industry.

The Executive Secretary, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, Mr. Ajibola Olude, said, “Enforcement is necessary for the sanitisation and growth of the telecoms industry. It is also a key component of regulation. If you don’t enforce, it, means that you have certified companies to do what they like. There is the need for enforcement.”

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