Telecoms and IT

Communications Commission tasks States on ICT Investment, Innovation and Development

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has tasked states on the need to encourage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) investment drive, digital innovation and local content development in the digital ecosystem in the North-Eastern geo-political zone of Nigeria.

This was the fulcrum of stakeholders’ discussion at the Emerging Tech Research & Innovation Forum organised by the Commission in Yola, Adamawa state.

E-commerce: Confronting challenges of taxation in an evolving Nigerian market

With Nigeria’s economy facing increased pressures as a result of dwindling earnings from her main revenue source – crude oil exports, government’s attention appears to have shifted to alternative revenue sources, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

With the Federal Government considering imposing 5 per cent tax on all online purchases from next year, experts have raised concerns about the likely challenges the issue might provoke.

NCC re-assures telecoms consumers of protection

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reassured telecoms consumers of their protection from suffering any service disruption as a result of the ongoing regulatory intervention towards resolving the rising inter-connectivity debts among telecoms operators in Nigeria.

The Commission has also advised debtor telecoms operators to settle interconnect debts owed their creditor networks without further delay to prevent possible revenue drop and customer flight from their networks to competitors.

Expert harps on digital infrastructure to develop nation’s economy

A retired Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sarah Alade, identified digital infrastructure as a critical key toward developing the nation’s economy.

Alade made this assertion in a key-note address she delivered at the 2-day maiden Offa Economic Summit in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara.

She spoke on: ‘‘The Nexus Between Industrial and Infrastrutural Facilities in Offa.’’

She said such digital infrastructure, when provided, would not only develop the economy but also stimulate industrial growth.

Investors lose £27m to crypto, forex scams

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Action Fraud are warning the public to be wary of investment scams carried out via bogus online trading platforms.

This warning comes as cryptoassests (crypto) and forex investment scams reports more than tripled last year to over 1,800. Fraudsters promise high returns from investments in crypto and forex, with victims losing over 27 million pounds in total in 2018/19.

Market Operators fault MTN Nigeria listing over Free Float

Some stakeholders in the capital market have faulted the listing of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc on the nation’s bourse in spite of unavailability of the mandatory 20 per cent free float.

The market operators told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos that the price of MTN Nigeria shares would continue to skyrocket due to their scarcity at the detriment of retail shareholders.

The stakeholders blamed the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) for approving the company’s listing without the mandatory free float.

Nigeria and MTN trade legal arguments over $2bn tax bill

Lawyers representing Nigeria’s attorney general on Tuesday appeared in court to argue that telecoms company MTN Group did not have grounds to oppose a $2 billion tax bill, legal teams for both sides said.

MTN faces the demand from the country’s attorney general, a claim which the company has said is without merit. Nigeria handed MTN the tax bill in September, but the company said the attorney general had exceeded his powers in making the demand, Reuters reports.

Legal arguments were heard from both sides at a court in commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday.

Active telecom subscribers in Nigeria over 172m says NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says there were 172,871,094 active subscribers on the telecommunication networks in December 2018, as against 169,104,830 recorded in November 2018.

The telecommunications regulator disclosed this in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data made available on its website on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the active subscribers increased by 3,766,264.

Nigeria to access $100m Indian loan for broadband

The Federal Government has said it is working with the Indian Government to access $100 million concessional loan to develop Nigeria’s rural broadband connectivity.

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, said unveiled at the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day held in Abuja yesterday.

Shittu said that the loan to be accessed would be part of India’s 10 billion-dollar concessional loans to African countries for the implementation of projects of their national priority.

EXCLUSIVE: How MTN ‘Paid’ its NCC Fine

Shrouded in secrecy, market watchers are trying to unravel the enigma surrounding the self-styled fine payment imposed on the Nigerian unit of Africa’s leading mobile telecommunications company, MTN Group, since October 2015.

MTN was handed down a record fee of N1.04 trillion fine (or $5.2 billion at the exchange rate at the time) by the Nigerian government through the telecom industry regulator –the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) –for failing to comply with directives on improper registration of Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM).