Nigeria’s telecoms network operators will continue to pay 2.5% of their annual revenue as operating levy, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. Local newspaper This Day reports that the NCC held a public review on the draft Annual Operating Levy (AOL) regulation last week, which also seeks to impose sanctions and penalties on defaulters. Director-general of NCC, Eugene Juwah, said the draft regulations are aimed at creating and providing an effective and efficient administration of the operating levy regime. ‘The Commission is certain that these regulations will provide the guiding standards and principles for a dynamic AOL administration regime in the Nigerian telecommunication industry and represent another effort by the commission towards ensuring that the standards in the industry reflects international best practices while taking into consideration our local circumstances,’ he said.
In other news, the NCC has invited stakeholders to take part in a forum on 4 March to discuss the options available for licensing the two remaining 20MHz slots in the 2.3GHz band. Stakeholders interested in submitting opinions have until 28 February to respond to the NCC.