The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has outlined how to manage competition among the various telecom companies operating in the country. 

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Aminu Maida, who gave the highlight when he received a delegation of management of Airtel Networks Limited in Abuja, said the best way to manage competition among the various players is to create a level playing ground for all our licensees. 

He noted that having a win-win strategy and regulatory framework in place to ensure sustainability of the telecom industry. 

“We know that the rising cost of business is affecting every sector, but we are more inclined to promote competition by creating a level playing ground for all our licensees,” he said.  

While explaining that the Commission is looking at all sides of the issue of competition in the sector, the NCC boss noted that the commission will continue to look at a win-win regulatory approach, and be careful to avoid over-regulation, as over-regulation is inimical to competition in the industry. 

According to him, NCC has recently undertaken the review of all categories of licenses, both class and individual, to ensure that the licensees are still able to work well within their capital and operating expenditure (COPEX). 

The Airtel Network delegation was led by the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Carl Cruz, who congratulated the EVC for his appointment by the President and confirmation by the Senate. 

Cruz said while the Commission deserves commendation for its competition regulatory policies and frameworks, which it has put in place over the years, such efforts must be sustained to ensure a healthy competitive environment for telecom licensees.


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