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Nigerian Communications Commission NCC Questions About Telecom - Ask the Regulator

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has produced the information below titled "Questions About Telecom -Ask the Regulator " which NCC believes is useful for individuals and organizations interested  in telecom service in Nigeria.  

 

What is a telecom License?
A telecom license is legal document that grants you the authority to engage in a telecom business or to provide a telecom service.

Section 31. (1) of the Nigerian Telecom Act 2003, states that "No person shall operate a communications system or facility nor provide a communications service in Nigeria unless authorized to do so under a communications license or excepted under regulations made by the Commission this Act.

What are the categories of licenses offered by the NCC?

There are two main categories of licences namely; class and individual license.
A Class license is a type of general authorization. The terms and conditions/obligations are common to all. It requires only registration with the Commission for applicants to commence operations.
Individual license is a type of authorization whose terms, conditions and obligations; scope and limitations are specific to the service provision. Process of licensing can take the form of competitive selection process or Administrative procedure.

What is a Unified Access License?
A Unified License is an authorization that allows the licensee to provide a basket of services under a single license. For example, under a Unified License, the licensee may be able to provide Mobile and Fixed telephony services, National Long Distance Communications Services, International Gateway services, among others, under one license.

What are requirement for obtaining a license?
The requirements for Class licenses are listed below:
Obtain a bank draft of N1,000 payable to Nigerian Communications Commission for the form. (The Commission's name must be written in full on the draft)
Fill the application form and produce two more copies.
Attach the following documents:
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Tax Clearance Certificate but if it is a new Company, a tax waiver letter should be obtained and attached to the submission.
- Certified true copy of Articles and Memorandum of Association
- 2 passport photographs of authorized representative
- Certificate of qualified technical staff. (if applicable)


Completed application should be submitted in duplicate with all necessary documents attached and bound
License fee on submission of application is N10,000
All payments are in bank draft


For individual licence, the requirements are:
Obtain a bank of N1,000 payable to Nigerian Communications Commission for the form. (The Commission's name must be written in full on the draft)
Fill the application form and produce three copies.
Attach the following documents:
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Tax Clearance Certificate but if it is a new Company, a letter indicating tax waiver should be obtained and attached to the submission.
- Certified true copy of Articles and Memorandum of Association
- 3 passport photographs of authorized representative
- Feasibility report of proposed service applied for.
Completed application should be submitted in triplicate with all necessary documents attached and bound.
 

On submission, a non refundable administrative charge which is 5% of the relevant licence fee would be paid.
License offer is granted if all conditions/requirements are met and the applicable license fee be paid.
All payments are in bank draft.

For further information, please write to info@ncc.gov.ng

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March 12, 2009

 

Chris Ali of Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria says:

 

 

My thanks to NCC and Jidaw for this info. Although I would have liked specific examples of the class and individual licenses. I suggest that you should also make regular releases on quality of service and consumer treatment by service providers. These areas are very problematic.

 

 


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