The enthusiasm of many Nigerians about the prospects of Google’s free Wi-Fi across the country may never be realized as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has taken steps to frustrate the global internet firm’s agenda.
The NCC, whose job is the regulation of the telecoms industry in Nigeria, recently issued a complaint to the Federal Government arguing that Google’s free Wi-Fi offer was tantamount to an “evasion of regulatory oversight”.
According to the complaint which was issued to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), Google’s seeming generous offer of free Wi-Fi in the country could be illegal and obscured by conditions that do not grant the NCC supervisory rights.
The NCC further argued that Google’s continued in-road into Nigeria has continued over the years, even though the internet company is not even licensed to do business in the country.
According to the telecom regulator, “google is operating in nigeria without being licensed by the commission with the implications that it does not pay applicable fees, levies and taxes that are paid by other players in the telecommunications sector.
“There are several other irregularities in the structure under which google presently provides its free public wi-fi for which the commission requested it to provide information that will clarify certain issues that have cropped up in the course of trying to streamline its usage of short message service (sms) for user authentication. google has till date failed to provide the requested information, which has stalled efforts to resolve the issues.”
The NCC also alleged in its complaint that Google has refused to settle some of its licensed local partners, even as the company allegedly keeps dealing with some illegal companies that provide illegal SMS services in the country.
According to the complaint which was issued to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), Google’s seeming generous offer of free Wi-Fi in the country could be illegal and obscured by conditions that do not grant the NCC supervisory rights.illegal SMS services in the country.
Google is one of the world’s biggest internet companies, whose services are essential to 21st Century living.

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