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Effect Of Non-Compliance With Regulations, Guidelines In Telecommunications



Effect Of Non-Compliance With Regulations, Guidelines In Telecommunications


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is charged with the responsibility of regulating the telecommunications sector. NCC is authorised to make and publish regulations and guidelines as it is necessary to give effect to the full provisions of the NCA among other reasons.

Operators that are non-compliance to terms, conditions, and obligations were of concern to NCC.

Operators or Service Providers that are not in compliance with the approved Individual Consumer Code of Practice (ICCP), Type Approval of Equipment, Submission of Statistical Data and Information on their change of address, and licence renewal may face consequences. The issue of delay in licence renewal by licensees whose licences have expired or are about to expire is another key issue.

Non-compliance with Licence terms, conditions, and obligations checks will reveal that some licensees were not in compliance with obligations such as payment of the Annual Operating Levy (AOL).

Compliance companies can avoid these consequences by having in place a well-coordinated compliance management system, which begins with identifying the acts and principles that apply to your organisation.

Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement: Consistent with Section 89 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 which mandates the NCC to monitor all significant matters relating to the performance of all licensed telecoms service providers and publish annual reports at the end of each financial year, the NCC has developed Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement strategies to prosecute the above mandate and achieve the Commission’s objective of fair competition, ethical market conduct and optimal quality of service in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

Regulations that govern every telecom operation are put in place to ensure that entities act in a reasonable and responsible manner. But with the abundance and complexity of regulations and the fact that they change rapidly, many telecom operators tend to treat compliance as a secondary function with little consideration of the consequences.

In addition to penalties such as hefty fines and operation sanctions, other consequences of non-compliance with applicable laws can include:

Criminal Charges: No director or board member wants to face criminal charges for not ensuring that organisation adheres to the law. However, criminal charges are a potential consequence of telecom regulatory non-compliance.

Reputational woes: A business’ public image is key to its success. When a company is thrust into the public eye for failing to comply with regulations, there are reputational repercussions, which eventually lead to distrust. Once that happens, loyal consumers may leave, new consumers may be put off and potentially beneficial partnerships may never develop.

Loss of lucrative opportunities: Telecom stakeholders are required to meet a host of regulations if they wish to continue with the government or any of its parastatals. Non-compliance across telecom and business network could result in exclusion from the tendering process and supplier database. In addition, companies that place value on corporate compliance may avoid transacting business with non-compliance organisation as they would want to ensure that they meet their own regulatory obligations.

NCC is fully aware and committed to discharging its mandate, especially in facilitating a conducive telecommunication environment and guiding the industry to sustain the achievement already recorded in the industry. It can only achieve this with the cooperation and support of the licensees, with respect to compliance with extant laws and subsidiary legislations.

What NCC Says On Non-Compliance of Regulations: The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has zero tolerance for non-compliance for all its licensees and is a stickler to the rules of engagement as evinced in Nigerian Communications Act (2003), Regulations, Guidelines as well as Directions guiding the telecommunications industry.

Telecom stakeholders cannot operate without the regulator’s support particularly because telecoms is a long gestational and capital-intensive business, and therefore they need all the support, understanding, and partnership they can get in order to succeed.

Telecommunications must pay attention to the environmental impact of its operations, consumer-related issues, and Corporate Social Responsibility, stick to the sport and letters of its licensing conditions and seek authorization when necessary in order to have smooth operations.

Sanction is an issue the NCC is usually very reluctant to employ in its dealings with operators and therefore reiterated the need for all players in the telecom sector to keep to the terms and conditions of their licenses. NCC’s commitment to accomplishing the 8-Point Agenda, and consistent with its strategic collaboration and partnership principle, the Commission offer every necessary support to all operators to enable them to succeed. The need for infrastructure cannot be overemphasized in the telecoms space and access is needed in all parts of the country to enhance digital transformation, and with successes, as expected.

The quality of telecom services must improve for consumers. NCC advised telecom operators to collaborate with licensed Infrastructure Companies in order to expand the frontiers of accessibility, availability, and affordability of telecom services in Nigeria.


Airtel Announces Introduction Of eSIM



Airtel, Microsoft, TD Africa Unveil Office Internet Smartbox Bundles To Boost SMEs Productivity In Nigeria

… says service is planet-friendly and customers can now use two numbers without needing two handsets

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Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the launch of eSIM (embedded SIM) – a digital SIM that enables customers to access the same functionality as someone using a physical SIM.

The eSIM offers several benefits over the traditional SIM cards as it is quick and simple to set up online, it is planet-friendly (plastic-free/zero carbon emission) and provides an easy extra line as you can use two numbers without needing two phones/handsets.

The eSIM service is now immediately available on the Airtel network and customers who wish to switch their current physical SIM cards for eSIMs will need to ensure they have a compatible device (dial*#06#), obtain the required QR code and be guided through a SIM Swap process by an Airtel service personnel.

Airtel says it has developed a simple and flawless process to activate the eSIM service for all its customers just as it believes that the digital SIM will significantly improve the productivity of Nigerians, helping its stakeholders to achieve personal and professional goals.

Commenting on the eSIM, Ag. Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Femi Oshinlaja, said, “Airtel Nigeria is always at the forefront in championing technological advancement and creating innovative platforms and opportunities that will make life better, more exciting, and more enjoyable for all those in our stakeholder value chain. With eSIM, we are not only bringing the latest technology to the fingertips of our customers, but we are also focusing on our Sustainability goals of digital inclusion and environmental best practices as no plastic is involved with eSIM.

“It is therefore our commitment to continue to create offerings that will expand and deepen our digital footprints in line with our positioning as the network of first choice in Nigeria for everything mobile Internet, digital, and home broadband.”

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Championing Africa’s Sustainable Future Through Innovation And Exemplary E-Waste Management



Championing Africa’s Sustainable Future Through Innovation And Exemplary E-Waste Management

By Ayub Osman, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Climate change is currently the most pressing global issue due to its devastating effects on all aspects of human life. Health and well-being, wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, and energy are all at risk of being affected by this global challenge.

There is, therefore, an urgent need for a radical shift; one that will help us reduce the impact of climate change. While setting global targets and measuring progress at the United Nations’ annual Climate Conference of the Parties (COP), and the Biodiversity Conference are indeed great steps, it will take the concerted efforts of the private sector and governments, as well as advanced sustainable innovations, to shift the needle.

At Ericsson, we believe that Information Communications Technology (ICT) is a critical piece in this process and has a role to play in helping sub-Saharan Africa achieve its climate targets. Our research on ICT’s potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 revealed that ICT solutions have a high potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 percent.

We are keenly pursuing our ambition to reduce global warming by achieving a Net Zero emission status across our value chain by 2040. We have made steady progress, and we are confident that we will hit our first major milestone of cutting emissions by 50% in the supply chain and portfolio by 2030. 

Ericsson strives to develop, sell and deliver hardware, software, services, and solutions with excellent sustainability performance and contributes to the sustainable development of society. Our Enterprise offerings support other industrial sectors, such as energy, manufacturing, and transportation, in their transition toward a low-carbon economy.

We are also leading with technological innovations that will help reduce network energy usage. These include solutions that allow operator networks to use as little energy as possible while handling the expected growth in data traffic and meeting the needs of both current and future 5G networks. As we move toward 2025, Ericsson believes it is possible to scale up 5G, while simultaneously aiming to break the rising energy consumption curve. We have streamlined our approach into three core elements; plan differently with a focus on a sustainable network evolution; deploy differently by effectively modernizing the existing network when scaling 5G; and operate differently by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and automation.

Our sustainability drive is backed by a strategy that ensures we take pragmatic steps to dispose of e-waste responsibly. Equipment from the technology and telecommunications industries, in the end, becomes e-waste and contributes to global climate issues. If not properly disposed of, components in waste electronic equipment can lead to environmental consequences, such as an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to other environmental impacts including harm to biodiversity.

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of e-waste was generated around the world in 2019, and it is predicted that the annual generation of e-waste will reach 74.7 Mt by 2030.

Through our Product Take-Back (PTB) management program, we work with our customers to recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment in accordance with the law and high environmental standards. We have decommissioned equipment at no cost to over 40 customers, covering 28 countries across Africa. Approximately 8,271 tonnes of waste electronic and electrical equipment was taken back from Ericsson’s operating countries from January 2012 to August 2022, of which approximately 98% was successfully recycled. 

Additionally, we know that high reuse and recycling rates start with smart product design, so we make responsible material choices, increase our use of recycled materials, and design products that enable efficient recycling. 

As global and business leaders, civil society groups, and scientists continue to tackle the climate change agenda, we must all understand our critical role in securing a sustainable and safer future for generations. Thinking that environmental sustainability is another person’s responsibility will mean a complete failure. For me, this is a crucial lesson we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all responsible for our future.

Sustainability is a key component of our #AfricainMotion campaign, which we launched a couple of years ago to empower a sustainable and connected Africa. We will continue to enable sustainable growth, and economic development, and open opportunities for all across the continent. This is a promise! 

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NCC EVC, Prof. Danbatta Bags Award For Exemplary Leadership In Public Service



Danbatta Bags Award For Exemplary Leadership In Public Service

By Moninuola Sulaiman

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta were at the weekend in Lagos, decorated with an Award of Exemplary Leadership in Public Service.

The award was conferred on Danbatta at the 12th Anniversary Lecture and Award of Nigerian NewsDirect, one of the long-standing media players in the Nigerian Communications industry, at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday.

Danbatta, who was represented at the event by the Director,  Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, said it was gratifying to have been considered worthy for the award in recognition of the initiatives deployed by the  Commission in carrying out its statutory mandate.

The EVC stated that the theme “Good Governance: Private and Public Sectors’ Roles in Raising Revenue, Growth and Positive Turnaround of Nigerian Economy” provides the veritable opportunity for all stakeholders to seek better ways of advancing the course of good governance both in public office and in the private sector of the Nigerian economy.

In giving concrete expression to the strategic vision of the Commission with respect to the theme of the program, Danbatta said the Commission is ever determined to ensure collaboration with all stakeholders in the Nigerian communications industry and even beyond as it remains one of the surest ways of enabling a positive turnaround of the Nigerian economy.

Danbatta thanked the organisers of the program for the award and acknowledged that it was a call for more work to be done to push the frontiers of good governance that ensures national development and economic growth.

Danbatta Bags Award For Exemplary Leadership In Public Service
Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC).

While presenting the award, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Nigerian NewDirect, Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi said Danbatta was eminently qualified and deserving of the prestigious recognition on the strength of the huge role he has played in the attainment and surpassing of Nigeria’s national broadband target of 30 percent in 2018 and that he is currently among those leading the charge for the realisation of the new national broadband penetration target of 70 percent by 2025.

Dr. Ibiyemi added that with the incontrovertible facts on the ground, it was easy for the board and management of his organisation to agree that through an effective regulatory regime and various cutting-edge initiatives, Danbatta has stabilised the telecom industry and strengthened the telecommunications sector as a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and boosted telecoms investment inflows from $36 billion to over $70 billion between 2015 toll date.

Other eminent Nigerians who were conferred with various categories of awards at the event include the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami; Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State; Bello Hassan, Managing Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation; and  Mimi Adzape, Executive Chairman, Benue State Internal Revenue Service among others.

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