The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is the independent National Regulatory Authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.
The Commission is responsible for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country.
The Powers of the Nigerian Communications Commissions
is derived from Section 3 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) of 2003. The provision enables the Commission to do the following:
• Giving written directions to licensees.
• Consult with Consumers, commercial and industrial organizations.
• Delegate its functions to a Committee constituted by it.
• Summoning persons to appear before the Commission.
• Entering into contracts with any company, firm or persons.
• Establishing and maintaining subsidiaries to enable the discharge of its functions.
With regard to licensing, the NCC has been granted powers including the following:
• With Issuance of licenses and imposition of terms and conditions on licenses.
• Variation or revocation of a Condition of license.
• Consulting with affected licensees before bringing into force an obligation which may be onerous on the licensee.
• Approving guidelines for keeping of accounts and cost allocation formula of licensees.
• Inspection of licensees’ books of accounts.
• Granting or revoking of permits for connection of customer equipment.
• Determination of principles to guide interconnection arrangements between operators.
• Determination of services and new undertakings eligible for licensing from time to time.