The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that it has started the process of reviewing the existing telecoms licensing structure in Nigeria, in a bid to upgrade the current licensing structure, which is 20 years old, to global standards.

In a statement signed by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC public affairs director, the NCC Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Prof. Umar Danbatta said he had inaugurated an in-house Standing Committee to carry out the task, in a bid to bring licensing terms to modern standards.

According to the NCC boss, the review of the licensing standards was necessitated by a wide range of technological advances and the convergence of technologies and services being felt in Nigeria, citing that the current licensing structure is almost 20 years old and the commission sees a need for a review to reflect modern licensing trends and global standards.

“It is evidently clear that this Standing Committee, drawn up from competent hands in various departments of the Commission, is perfectly suited and capable of addressing the enormous task of reviewing the existing license structure of telecom licensees in Nigeria,” Dr Adinde said.

He added that the committee would be rolled out in different phases to ensure efficient service delivery and enable the NCC to execute a process that would lead to the review of the terms and conditions of the various license categories.

According to Adinde, the processes include licensing fees, as well as identification of the limitations of the various license categories, with a view to clearly determining licenses that should be phased out or amended.

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