NCC plans to hold a public hearing on Telephone Subscribers Regulations, others via virtual meeting

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By Joy Odor

The Public Inquiries on the Draft Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, SIM Replacement Guidelines and The Spectrum Trading Guidelines
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to hold a public hearing on three of its new regulations.

The three regulations, which have been published on the Commission’s website include Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations; SIM Replacement Guidelines, and Spectrum Trading Guidelines.

The Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde in a press statement made available to Reportcircle in Abuja noted tha the public hearings will afford industry stakeholders the opportunity to offer their inputs on the regulations and for the Commission to make adjustments where necessary for the benefit of the industry.

According to NCC, the public hearing for the three regulations has been scheduled to hold on October 5, 2021.

“In accordance with Section 57 of the Act, Public Inquiries in respect of the above-mentioned draft regulatory instruments have been scheduled to hold virtually at 11.00 am on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

In the statement, the NCC called on the stakeholders to participate in the public hearing.

“Interested stakeholders are by this notice invited to make written submissions on the subject and participate in the Public Inquiries.

Details of the virtual meeting will be forwarded to interested attendees prior to the Public Inquiries,” NCC stated in a notice published on its website.

The NCC added that all submissions must reach the Commission on or before Friday, September 24, 2021, and should be addressed to: “The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications CommissionPlot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja”.

According to NCC, the Spectrum Guidelines is to promote certainty and transparency in the processes of the Commission by outlining the detailed procedure and conditions for Spectrum Trading in the Nigerian communications sector, while the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation sets out the business rules for implementation of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration and related activities within the context of the Nigerian telecommunications sector.

The SIM Replacement Guidelines 2021 on the other hand, stipulates the processes that will govern SIM Replacement of Individuals and Corporate (IoT and M2M) in Nigeria.

NCC Calls On Public Hearings Reads Thus:

The Nigerian Communications Commission in the exercise of its functions under the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (the Act) has published the following draft regulatory instruments on its website www.ncc.gov.ng for stakeholders’ comments:

Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations; SIM Replacement Guidelines;
Spectrum Trading Guidelines in accordance with Section 57 of the Act, Public Inquiries in respect of the above-mentioned draft regulatory instruments have been scheduled to hold virtually at 11.00 am on the dates stated in the table below;

# Regulatory Instrument Date of Public Inquiry
1. Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation Tuesday, October 5, 2021
2. SIM Replacement Guidelines Tuesday, October 5, 2021
3. Spectrum Trading Guidelines Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Interested stakeholders are by this notice invited to make written submissions on the subject and participate in the Public Inquiries. Details of the virtual meeting will be forwarded to interested attendees prior to the Public Inquiries.

All submissions must reach the Commission on or before Friday, September 24, 2021, and should be addressed to:

The Executive Vice Chairman
Nigerian Communications Commission
Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja

ATTN: Director, Legal and Regulatory Services

Signed
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde
DIRECTOR – PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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