In its usual consultative approach to regulations, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to hold a public hearing on three of its new regulations. The public hearing will afford industry stakeholders the opportunity to offer their inputs on the regulations and for the Commission to make adjustments where necessary for the benefit of the industry.
The three regulations, which have been published on the Commission’s website include Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation, SIM Replacement Guidelines, and Spectrum Trading Guidelines. According to NCC, the public hearing for the three regulations has been scheduled to hold on October 5, 2021.
“In accordance with Section 57 of the Act, Public Inquiries in respect of the above-mentioned draft regulatory instruments have been scheduled to hold virtually at 11.00 am on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
“Interested stakeholders are by this notice invited to make written submissions on the subject and participate in the Public Inquiries. Details of the virtual meeting will be forwarded to interested attendees prior to the Public Inquiries,” NCC stated in a notice published on its website.
The NCC added that all submissions must reach the Commission on or before Friday, September 24, 2021, and should be addressed to: “The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications CommissionPlot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja”.
According to NCC, the Spectrum Guidelines is to promote certainty and transparency in the processes of the Commission by outlining the detailed procedure and conditions for Spectrum Trading in the Nigerian communications sector, while the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation sets out the business rules for implementation of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration and related activities within the context of the Nigerian telecommunications sector.
The SIM Replacement Guidelines 2021 on the other hand, stipulates the processes that will govern SIM Replacement of Individuals and Corporate (IoT and M2M) in Nigeria.