NIGERIA SET TO LIBERALISE VoIP WITH NEW GUIDELINES

Telecoms

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has published a notice of intention to issue guidelines on Voice over Internet Protocol, VoIP applications. The Commission in recent newspaper adverts says it will continue to regulate services and not technology thus allowing industry practitioners to decide whatever technology to employ in providing any service provided they get a license to provide the service.

Nigeria's flavour of VoIP liberalization is a little different from that of some other markets where licenses have been issued specifically to employ VoIP as a technology in providing voice services. The Commission as a corollary appears to have insisted that the deployment of VoIP in Nigeria shall not be restricted. What is restricted is offering any service without due authority.

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