NCC gives Transcorps 6 months to revive M-tel


January 09, 2008/Tribune


The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday gave Transnational Corporation (Transcorp), owners of mobile phone company, M-tel, six months to revive the outfit or forfeit its licence.


Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Umaru Yar’Adua, the Vice Chairman of the commission, Mr Ernest Ndukwe, said it had become imperative to give such a deadline.


Ndukwe said that the commission had informed the government about happenings in M-tel, especially the inactivity in its operations.

He said that the commission had also issued a letter of threat to the company, adding that in its reply, it detailed its plans to revive the company.


Ndukwe said Transcorp had promised during the privatisation of the company and its parent body, NITEL, that it would revive and sustain it.


“All I can say is that we must continue to pressure them to make sure they deliver on what they promised at the time of privatisation,’’ he said.


On the poor quality of service by telephone operators in the country, the vice chairman, who is the chief executive officer of the commission, attributed the problem to capacity constraint.


He said that the commission was putting pressure on the providers to improve on their capacity to enhance their service delivery. “We are being challenged in the quality of service and the main issue in Nigeria today is capacity constraint,’’ he said.


On the high tariff regime in the country, Ndukwe said the commission would benchmark with other countries and would soon publish figures that give comparative analysis across the world and especially in Africa.

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