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Data centricity and NCC’s regulatory innovations to empower Nigeria’s digital future

Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC

*Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, at a recent event, affirms the ‘data-centric approach’ of his leadership is providing the Commission with the requisite insights to make timely, optimal and informed regulatory decisions for the telecoms sector of the country’s economy

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has restated the significance of regulatory innovations that the regulatory Commission is currently taking through the adoption of “a data-centric approach” to implementation of its mandate in the telecoms sector of the economy.

ConsumerConnect reports one of the drivers of the current leadership of Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NCC, is data-centricity.

Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy (3rd from left); Dr. Maida, EVC/CEO of NCC (middle), and other industry stakeholders at the recent launch of GSMA Nigeria Digital Economy Report, at Trancorp Hilton Hotel, in Abuja

Dr. Maida emphasised this much in his recent presentation on the theme: “Regulatory Innovations To Empowering Nigeria’s Digital Future”, delivered at the GSMA Launch of the Nigeria Digital Economy Report, held in Abuja, FCT.

The power of data-centric approach to regulatory affairs, by Maida

The EVC/CEO informed the audience that the telecoms sector regulatory Commission has developed a Data Collection Framework, which guides the collection of data on related industry issues, such as Quality of Service (QoS), Quality of Experience (QoE), and consumer complaints, among others.

Maida also stated through this data-centric approach to regulatory matters, the NCC has been able to gain insights from across the entire value chain to identify problem areas for optimal and timely interventions for improving the overall user experience in the Nigerian digital ecosystem.

The NCC Chief further noted the Commission activated a considerable number of advocacy initiatives to address long-term challenges in the telecoms sector.

According to him, these include the advocacy for designation of Communications Infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure to ensure their protection and resilience; and success in persuading six states of the Federation to waive their Right of Way (RoW) charges.

He equally revealed that Adamawa State, in North-East Nigeria, is the latest state to waive RoW in this regard, stating that a significant number of other states have also adopted the harmonised charge of N145 per linear meter.

Maida also indicated that advocacy is ongoing with the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms towards addressing the topical issues relating to multiple taxation, and streamlining the tax regime for the telecommunications sector in the West African country.

As regards the data-centric approach of his leadership of the Commission to regulatory functions, the EVC/CEO tols other stakeholders at the event, that data is providing the NCC as the industry regulator with the requisite insights to “make timely, optimal and informed regulatory decisions.”

He explained through analysis of performance data submitted by network operators, the Commission has been able to focus on some of the issues affecting Quality of Service, which he said the NCC is addressing with the operators.

With Data available, the Commission has also been able to establish that Tower Sites that use renewable energy solutions perform better than those using fossil energy sources.

Maida added the Commission is currently undertaking a review of its Regulatory Instruments (RIs) and licensing framework to ensure that they are in line with the current realities, especially in regard to Review of Quality of Service Regulations to incorporate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for 5G technology rollout, as well as KPIs for the Colocation Service Providers (TowerCos) in the sector.

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