NCC finally issues telecoms licence to NigComSat

Telecoms

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has finally granted a telecoms licence to Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), the government-owned satellite services provider in a move that may see the feuding government agencies bury their hatchet following the row sparked off by the latter’s plan to provide ‘last mile’ services to subscribers.

Technology Times checks reveal that NigComSat, the government owned satellite service provider, which claims it could offer cheaper telephony at N10 a minute to bring down cost of telecoms services using its network to connect geographically dispersed locations nationwide was on March 1, this year granted an International Data Access (IDA) licence. The entry of NigComSat swells licensees in that category to eleven companies.

NigComSat and another company, Omnes Communications (Nigeria) Limited, a subsidiary of oil services company, Schlumberger, were both issued the 10-year licence dated March 1, 2008 and expiring February 28, 2018, according to information obtained by Technology Times from the regulator’s site.

Hitherto, other companies issued IDA licences include MTS First Wireless Limited, Accelon Nigeria Limited, Gilat Satcom Nigeria Limited, IwayAfrica Nigeria Limited, EM West Africa Limited, Information Connectivity Solutions Limited, Sub-Urban Telecoms Limited, Cobranet Limited and Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria Limited.

According to NCC, “The scope of IDA licence shall include the right to provide voice and data services and full interconnection to Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN)”, seen by analysts as indications that NigComSat may soon realise its vision of providing last mile service.

Technology Times