Telecoms: Why NCC ‘ll Evaluate Competitive Rilvary
By Pelumi Olaleye
Telecoms umpire,Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta said in Lagos recently that the Commission is currently evaluating the current level of competition within the various market segments of the telecommunications industry.
He disclosed this during the Stakeholders’ Forum on the Study on the Level of Competition in the Telecommunications Industry in Nigeria, which held at the Digital Bridge Institute.
According to him, it became pertinent to identify factors determining the degree of competition in the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, with a focus on the degree of rivalry in the sector.
Though, represented by the Commission’s Director of Policy Competition and Economic Analysis, Ms Josephine Amuwa.
The NCC’s boss declared at the forum that competition is very critical in the telecommunications market, saying,”The environment must be competitive for subscribers to get value for the money that they spend”.
Danbatta was also quick to point out that the Commission’s has seen tremendous growth in data consumption according to an in-house study.
“We want to see if this study would complement that impression and we see data grow, because if data is growing, it does not matter if they are in or out of the country, but they are positively impacting telecommunication development in Nigeria.” Adding that the commission has engaged the services of Messers CT Worx Ltd, a consulting firm to conduct a study on the level of competition in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.
According to him, studies like these are very important, first as a health check to see where we are and to see where we can further adjust and do things for a more competitive industry.
“Evaluating the current level of competition within the various market segments of the Nigerian telecommunications industry. Identifying the factors determining the degree of competition in telecommunications industry in Nigeria, with a focus on the degree of rivalry in the sector.
“Evaluating the Commission’s interventions towards deepening Competition and identify areas that require improvements and benchmark these practices against international standards and good practices.”
Danbatta also added that identifying indicators for evaluating the level of competition in the various telecommunications market segments identified as well as
“Identifying any existing/plausible agreements, arrangements and practices amongst different licensees which constitute anti-competitive conduct, anti-competitive patterns and propose effective measure to address them.” He said.