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Telecoms Licensing: All you need to know from NCC

By Juliet Umeh

The global economy is gradually going digital as technology rules the world. This is particularly triggered by the current Covid-19 pandemic as a lot of people now rely more on digital platforms.

This has led to the migration of most activities from physical to virtual platforms thereby growing a stronger digital economy.

However, many naïve persons who would have wished to go into telecommunications business or provide services may not know how to go about.

The Nigerian Communications Commission

This is why the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, simplified all you need to know about getting a licence from them to fall into the trend.

Mobileswagg brings clarifications closer to you:

*What is a licence?

A licence is a legal document that grants you the authority to engage in a telecom business or to provide a telecom Service.

*What are the categories of licences you offer?

There are two categories of licenses namely: class and individual license.

An Individual Licence is a type of authorization in which the terms, conditions and obligations, scope and limitations are specific to the service being provided. Process of licensing can take the form of Auction, “First Come First Served”, “Beauty Contest” or a standard administrative procedure, etc.

A Class Licence is a type of general authorization in which the terms and conditions/obligations are common to all license holders. It requires only registration with the Commission for applicants to commence operation.

*What is a Unified Licence?

A Unified Licence is an authorization that allows the licensee to provide a basket of services under a single license. For example, under a Unified License, the licensee may be allowed to provide Mobile and Fixed telephony services, National Long Distance, Gateway services under one license, it can be Regional or National Services.

*What are the requirements for obtaining a Class licence?

The requirements for Class licence are listed below:

Obtain a bank draft of N1, 000 payable to Nigerian Communications Commission for the form. (The Commission’s name must be written in full on the draft)

Fill the application form and produce two more copies.
Attach the following documents :
Certificate of Incorporation
Tax Clearance Certificate but if it is a new Company, atax waiver letter should be obtained and attached to the submission.
Certified true copy of Articles and Memorandum of Association
2 passport photographs of authorized representative
Certificate of qualified technical staff. (if applicable)
Completed application should be submitted in duplicate with all necessary documents attached and bound
License fee on submission of application is N10,000
All payments are in bank draft.

*What are the requirements for an Individual Licence are:

Obtain a bank draft of N1, 000 payable to Nigerian Communication Commission for the form. (The Commission’s name must be written in full on the draft)
Fill the application form and produce three copies.
Attach the following documents :
Certificate of Incorporation
Current Tax Clearance Certificate but if it is a new company, a letter indicating tax waiver should be obtained and attached to the submission.
Certified true copy of Articles and Memorandum of Association.
3 passport photographs of authorized representatives.
Feasibility report of proposed service applied for.
Completed application should be submitted in triplicate with all necessary documents attached and bound.
On submission, a non refundable administrative charge which is 5 percent of the relevant licence fee would be paid.
License offer is granted if all conditions/requirements are met. All payments are in bank draft.

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