Nigcomsat and NCC License Feud takes a political Turn in Nigeria


The House of Representatives last week queried the decision of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to deny the Nigerian Communications Satellite Company (NigcomSAT) a license to operate as a Telecommunications service provider in the country.

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee on communications headed by Leo Okuwe Ogor (Isoko Federal constituency/Delta State), had earlier raised questions on the NCC's preference for Mubala, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company to NigcomSAT, a Nigerian Company in its issuance of licenses to telecoms service providers.

In a statement criticizing the NCC's decision, Ogor said "With the deregulation of the sector, government opened the door for competent telecommunications companies to move into the industry to provide quality telecommunications services to all localities in Nigeria, though to be regulated by the Nigerian Communications Commission in accordance with the provisions of the NCC Act of 2003”.

"We (Representatives) are however stunned that with the spate of press war between Nigerian Communications Commission and NigcomSAtT Ltd. In fact, we can hardly decipher the area of difference. NigcomSAT says it has the capability to provide uninhibited quality of telecommunications services-last miles and end-to-end services to Nigerians at very low and affordable price, and should be granted (a) spectrum license in line with section 1(e) of the objectives, application and scope of the 2003 Nigerian Communications Commission Act.

(source: The Vanguard)