JUST IN: NCC Introduces License for Mobile Virtual Network Operators with Five Tier Classification

The Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), has introduced the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) License that will generate employment and bridge the gap between the unserved and the Underserved in Society.

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A document from the Commission sighted by TechnologyMirror revealed that new license was created by the NCC will also further engender competition and provide choices for telecommunication consumers saying that the MVNOs is part its drive to create an enabling environment.

According to the document, the MVNO license is a Five Tier classification that has distinctive services to be offered by the players in different tiers, and they are:

Tier 1 is a Virtual Operator
Tier 2 is a Simple Facilities Operator
Tier 3 is a Core Facilities Operator
Tier 4 is a Virtual Aggregator/ Enabler
Tier 5 is the Unified Virtual Operator

The NCC explained that Tier 1-4 entrants are expected to pay 5% of the License fee as non-refundable administrative charges, while tier 5 entrants are to pay N50,000,000.00 non-refundable administrative fees prior to negotiations with the MNOs.

The Commission stated that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are not eligible to apply for the MVNO license saying that it is one unique competent technical partner per applicant.

Interested applicants were urged to refer to the MVNO Framework published on the Commission’s website for guidance on the fee structure, the scope of operation, and other requirements.

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