Commercial Satellite Communications: NCC to ensure global best practice- EVC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that it would review the results of the Public Inquiry on the draft Amended Consumer Code of Practice Regulations as well as Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines to meet international practices.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta disclosed this recently in his address at the public inquiry session on the draft Amended Consumer Code of Practice, Regulations, , and Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines in Abuja.
“We are actually going to review the comments concerning the guidelines and we are going to review the amount to charge for the service”
The EVC who was presented by NCC director of spectrum administration, Austin Nwaun, explained that the draft Commercial Satellite Communications Guidelines is aimed at creating a legal framework to regulate the provision and use of satellite communications services and networks, in whole or in part within Nigeria or on a ship or aircraft registered in Nigeria.
“The intention behind the development of the guidelines is to ensure a well developed and organised satellite communications market in Nigeria with appropriate legal framework and meet international best practices, encourage innovation and guarantees public safety.”
Apart from the effective management of scarce frequency resources, the EVC said the guidelines will ensure broadbands is shared between satellites and terrestrial systems, and to unserved areas that lacks terrestrial transmission infrastructure backbone.
“Users and providers are going to gain if the guideline is adopted. So we expect people to come on board using the international satellite and the local satellite that we have,” he said
The regulations and guidelines will complement the act and respective licences issued by the commission in accordance with the draft Consumer Code of Practice Regulations which is an amendment of the previous regulations made in 2007.


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