By Florence Onuegbu
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) stated on Wednesday that it has clamped down on three firms for working illegally within the nation’s telecommunications market.
Mr Chukwuemeka Obi, the Principal Manager, NCC’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department, made this identified to newsmen after two days enforcement in Lagos.
Obi stated that the motion adopted the stories of its surveillance staff.
According to him, the affected firms are Axon Integrated Services, positioned on Diya Street, Gbagada; Survenet Integrated Ltd located on Bayo Ajayi Street, Agidingbi and Strem Concepts at Shaha Akowonjo.
“We acquired data that some firms within the telecommunication sector in Lagos are working illegally with out the required authorisation,’’ he stated.
Obi stated that the three firms have been into providers comparable to set up of masts, towers and unlawful car monitoring.
He stated that Axon Integrated was licensed by the NCC to promote cell phones and Private Automatic Branch eXchange (PABX) tools gross sales.
Obi stated that the corporate had prolonged its into installations, which its present licence doesn’t cowl.
“We have given Axon one month inside which it ought to come to NCC headquarters in Abuja to regularise its operations and procure the required authorisation, failure of which can appeal to severe sanctions,’’ Obi stated.
He stated that Strem Concepts had been working illegally with none working licence from the regulatory physique.
“Strem was discovered to be working Automated Vehicle Tracking Services (AVTS) illegally.
“In our earlier enforcement in Lagos, Strem was discovered responsible for working illegally.
“We sealed the corporate, asking them to return to the fee’s workplace in Abuja to get an official licence to function, and the licensing course of has began, however not but concluded.
“Unfortunately, Strem went forward to unseal itself with out the fee’s permission.
“We have come once more to seal it, confiscated its radio tools and requested it to report back to Abuja to finalise its licensing course of,’’ Obi stated.
In respect of Survenet, he stated that the corporate was responsible of unlawful set up of towers and different providers, which it was not authorised to enterprise into.
Obi, nevertheless, stated that for the 2 days that the enforcement lasted, Survenet’s workplace was locked.
He stated the enforcement staff would be certain that the lengthy arm of the legislation undoubtedly caught up with the corporate.
Obi stated that the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, underneath Section 31, stipulates that no agency ought to undertake communications providers with out prior authorisation of the fee.
He stated surveillance performed by the fee confirmed that various firms in Lagos have been providing communications providers with out requisite authorisation, therefore, the clampdown.
Obi stated that the enforcement was to prosecute the perpetrators or ask them to regularise their licensing with the fee, because the case could also be.
According to him, the NCA 2003 has been developed and categorised some telecommunications providers underneath sure class of licences for people who needs to undertake communications providers.
“More or much less, they’re into set up of masts, establishing tools and even radio that transcend the scope of the licences and authorisation they’ve.
“We have people who additionally use spectrum illegally; we need to guarantee them that we are going to go after them to make sure that the culprits are delivered to e book,’’ Obi stated.
He additionally warned firms within the sector to comply with the authorized course of for acquiring licence to function in any phase of the nation.
Obi stated that NCC would proceed to make sure that a level-playing area was created for all operators, whereas making certain that the nation was not short-changed by any unlawful participant. (NAN)