NITDA: Telecom Operators Search Exclusion From Invoice
Telecommunication operators underneath the aegis of the Affiliation of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria have requested the Nationwide Meeting to exclude them from any regulatory powers that will likely be given to the Nationwide Info Know-how Improvement Company via the brand new NITDA Invoice.
The invoice which is at the moment earlier than the Joint Committee of the Senate and Home of Representatives on ICT and Cyber Safety seeks to present NITDA the facility to manage, implement, and regulate data know-how techniques and practices in addition to the digital financial system of the nation.
In accordance with the operators, the invoice will result in the duplicity of the regulatory operate that the Nigerian Communications Fee is already finishing up within the telecoms house. They said this in an announcement signed by the Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, and Govt Secretary of ALTON, Gbolahan Awonuga.
The operators mentioned, “If the Invoice is handed as presently constituted, there may be the chance that the Company, performing correctly underneath the Invoice might concern rules, tips, and requirements with regard to using data know-how and digital companies, which can battle with the features of the NCC.
“It’ll additionally end in double and presumably conflicting rules for telecommunications corporations in Nigeria. On this circumstance, we humbly request that since telecommunications are already being regulated by the NCC with regard to data know-how and digital companies, the Distinguished Members of the Committee have telecommunication corporations excluded from the group of individuals (“Operators”) who will come underneath the management and regulation of the Company with regard to data know-how and digital companies.”
Citing provisions of Part 6(1) and (12) of the invoice, ALTON famous that the invoice seeks to present NITDA the facility to implement all authorities insurance policies on data know-how and digital financial system, and concern and renew licences and authorisations for the supply of knowledge know-how and digital companies.
It defined that this empowers the company to manage actions which can be already underneath the purview of the NCC.
It mentioned, “Presently, the NCC regulates the actions of all telecommunications corporations that fall throughout the purview of the digital financial system and knowledge know-how.
“Particularly, the NCC close to the digital financial system is liable for the monitoring and implementation of the Nationwide Broadband Plan (2020 – 2025) and the Nationwide Digital Economic system Coverage and Technique.”
Reiterating issues concerning the invoice, telecom operators said that they would favor whole exclusion from the “ambit of the Company’s operations as there aren’t any provisions for its liaising with the NCC in promulgating any rules.
“The concern that its rules might battle with current NCC rules or duplicate and additional complicate them just isn’t unfounded since there is no such thing as a requirement by the Invoice for synchronisation between the Company and NCC.”
The NITDA invoice has come underneath many criticisms because it grew to become a subject of dialog in 2022. Many consultants have expressed issues that the invoice will curtail the optimistic strides that the ICT sector has made lately.