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NCC Discovers 41 Illegal Internet Service Providers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it has discovered 41 fake and unlicensed service providers operating in the country’s telecommunications landscape.

The regulatory body made this known in its ”2016 Q1 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Reports”, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos.

It said there was compliance monitoring regarding the engagement of unlicensed service provider, providing internet/data access in Nigeria.

The report stated that following the commissions’ surveillance and intelligence gathering exercise, it was discovered that some financial institutions engaged the illegal providers for their Internet and data services.

According to the report, in line with the commission’s compliance processes, these banks were requested to provide the names and details of their service providers in this regard.

“Arising from this compliance check, the Commission has discovered that 41 companies engaged were operating without the requisite authorization.

“To this end, the Commission has commenced the necessary enforcement process in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003,” it said.

The report said that the telecommunications umpire’s activities were consistent with Section 89 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.

(NAN)

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