The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) through its Director of Public Affairs, Mr Tony Ojobo. says 6 Telecom companies to lose operating licences In February.
The suspected licencees are Medallion Communications Ltd, Interconnect Cleaning House Nig. Ltd, Niconnx Communication Ltd, Breeze Micro Ltd, Solid Interconnectivity and Exchange Telecommunications Ltd.
Ojobo said,the operating licences of some of the interconnect exchange and other licencees involved in the practice would either be revoked or suspended in the coming week for possible penalties on any of its licencees implicated in masking of international telephone calls.
The companies involved were confronted with some of the evidence at the disposal of the commission and were given another opportunity to defend themselves. ”In accordance with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act and its subsidiary regulations, the implicated licencees have been given till the January 31 to show cause why the commission should not either revoke or suspend their operating licences. he added,
He forward stress that customer experience data monitored by the commission indicated that there was a noticeable reduction in the volume of masked calls being received by subscribers. It said that this was reflective of the very aggressive measures the commission had taken to deal with the menace. “Nonetheless, we are not taking anything for granted. We will continue to aggressively monitor all our licencees, regardless of their sizes or the scope of their operations. ”Anyone found wanting would be strictly dealt with in accordance with the law,”
“This is in view of evidence of their involvement now at the disposal of the commission and the security agencies. Because of the critical impacts of this nefarious practice on national security and consumer experience, the commission is determined to decisively deal with any of its licencees implicated in the scam. We do not want to expose the country to any further embarrassment. At the very least, serious sanctions would be imposed on them, if it is found that their involvement does not justify revocation of their licences,”