NCC Grants Nigeria’s Telcos Licence For $200m VAS Market
The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has awarded an additional nine telecommunications firms, Value Added Services (VAS) aggregator licensing in an effort to deepen the VAS market.
The NCC board made the recommendation that Nine Jojar Limited, I-Cell Media Limited, 21st Century Technologies Limited, HML Consulting Limited, Nitro Switch Limited, Perpetual Communications Limited, Cognys Systems Limited, Mobile Intelligence Limited, and Iyke Jordan Limited now be used with VAS Aggregator licence.
The telcos would now be able to compete in the over $200 million Nigeria VAS market that is controlled by four of the country’s mobile network operators. Recently, the NCC had revealed that it would sanitise and harmonise the short code system and make sure that those used for similar services are also similar.
Mr Efosa Idehen, NCC’s Director of Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring was speaking at the recent VAS forum in Lagos.
He said that ongoing investigations across the networks had shown many cases of forceful subscriptions. A lot of subscribers were being charged for services that they never subscribed to, and this was because they were able to auto-renew those services. He did, however, admit that the audit also showed some other VAS providers doing honest, legitimate businesses on the networks without forcefully subscribing people.
Idehen added that the audit of the mobile networks’ systems was continuing and would be wrapped up by the first quarter of 2019, following which recommendations would be made and fresh decisions would be taken by the regulator. He urged WASPAN as industry organisation to do a self-assessment and eliminate all bad eggs before the regulator made its final decision.
NCC had issued Direction to Service Providers on forceful subscription of data services and Value Added Services (VAS) which orders service providers to refrain from the automatic/forceful renewal of data services without obtaining the prior consent of subscribers.
This took effect since May 21, 2018.
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