The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) – the country’s telecoms industry regulator – has announced that telecom consumers will soon be spoilt for choice as the Commission moves to license more companies to operate as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).
According to the Commission, the new operators, when licensed, are to provide mobile services like MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile in order to leverage the existing infrastructure across the country.
This came as the Commission published an advertorial calling on interested companies to apply for new licenses.
In the MVNO guidelines released by the NCC earlier this year, the license cost, which comes in 5 different categories, ranges from US$70 254 to US$585 450.
In the advertorial published on its website, NCC said: “Under the NCA 2003, Licensing Regulation 2019, and other subsidiary Regulations, the Commission has created an enabling environment where various operators provide diverse services based on licenses issued by the Commission.
“In its drive to create an enabling environment, the Commission would like to introduce the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) License that will generate employment and bridge the gap between the unserved and the Underserved in Society. It will also further engender competition and provide choices for telecommunication consumers,” the advert read.
A Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) is a telecommunications product and service operator that rides on top of the infrastructure capacity of a fully-licensed mobile telecommunication service provider or mobile network operators (MNOs).
The telecom regulator emphasised that operators will not need investments in their infrastructure but leverage existing facilities across the country to provide services.