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NCC Suspends Issuance of Telecom Licenses in 3 Categories

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a Public Notice ‘TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF THE ISSUANCE OF COMMUNICATIONS LICENCES IN THREE (3) CATEGORIES’ commencing on Friday, May 17, 2024.

The public notice from NCC reads as follows:

In line with its powers under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 to grant and renew licences, promote fair competition and develop the Communications Industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (the Commission) hereby informs all stakeholders of a temporary suspension on issuance of new licences in the following categories:

  1. Interconnect Exchange Licence
  2. Mobile Virtual Network Operator Licence
  3. Value Added Service Aggregator Licence

This temporary suspension is necessary to enable the Commission to conduct a thorough review of several key areas within these categories, including the current level of competition, market saturation and current market dynamics.

The public is invited to note that during the suspension period commencing on 17th of May, 2024, new application for the aforementioned licences will not be accepted. This is without prejudice to pending applications before the Commission which will be considered on their merits.

Any enquiries or clarifications in respect of this Suspension Notice should be forwarded to: [email protected].

Date this 17th day of May 2024.


Reuben Muoka

Director, Public Affairs

Nigerian Communications Commission


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