The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) clamps down on internet services in Nigeria as they disclose the discovery of about 41 illegal internet service providers in the telecommunication landscape.
According to report disclosed to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos, by the regulatory body in its “2016 Q1 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Reports,” there was compliance monitoring regarding the engagement of unlicensed service providers, who where providing internet/data access in Nigeria.
The report stated that following the commissions’ surveillance and intelligence gathering exercise, it was discovered that some financial institutions (Banks) engaged the illegal providers for their internet and data services. Hence, in line with the commission’s compliance processes, these banks were requested to provide the names and details of their service providers in this regard.
Below is the excerpt from the NCC report;
“Arising from this compliance check, the Commission has discovered that 41 companies engaged were operating without the requisite authorization.
“To this end, the Commission has commenced the necessary enforcement process in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.”
The report said that the telecommunications umpire’s activities were consistent with Section 89 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.
Apart from Etisalat, MTN, GLO, VISAFONE, Smiles, NETCOM Africa, Swift Networks, IPNX, Spectranet, VDT Communications, which were listed by My Tech Portal, as the best internet service providers in Nigeria 2015, there many other internet services in the country situated mostly in Lagos. But NCC is yet to disclose names of the illegal communication businesses.
Internet services took the Nigerian market by storm, creating jobs for enthusiastic youths who has invested their time and financial resources into the technological world. It can recalled that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had visited Lagos Nigeria last month, August 30, precisely at the Yaba market to meet internet service providers and give updates on the latest Facebook Platform products designed to help build and grow successful businesses.