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Palliatives To Keep Small Telcos In Business Underway



The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says plans are underway to roll out palliatives to help small telecom operators stay in business.

Executive vice chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known during the opening ceremony of the 84th edition of Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) held in Abuja.

Giving a breakdown of the palliatives, he said they would include spectrum payment, licence renewal and making payments in installments.

He said: “These palliatives range from reduction from the amount they pay for spectrum and others that will be made available as soon as the memo requesting the approval is received. I granted the approval yesterday and the details will be made available. I went through the memo and I know there are palliatives.

“There are palliatives for spectrum and there are reductions, there is also a palliative for payment itself.  We are introducing palliatives by way of installment payments, spreading the payment rather than total payment. Information on the new palliatives will be provided in due course.”

The NCC helmsman further said the commission in partnership with stakeholders deployed base transceiver stations in those areas without wherewithal to bridge access gaps.

“There is a rural technology solution which we have deployed through a pilot scheme in about three locations in the country and we are very happy about the outcome of this pilot deployment. We did this in partnership with those in possession of this technology here in Nigeria, to reciprocate the deployment beyond the pilot, so that we can close 20 of those access gaps and then see what happens.  But by my estimation, we can through rural technology solution bridge the gaps in about 3-4 years,” he stated.





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