Telecoms and IT

NCC Impounds Illegal Broadcast Devices

The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) on Saturday in Enugu impounded illegal broadcast and transmission devices valued at about N3.5 million in Enugu.

The seizure was made when the Anti-Transmission Piracy of the commission raided spots for the devices at Obiagu Road, Achara Layout and Ogui area of the city.

NCC’s Director of Enforcement, Mr Augustine Amodu, told newsmen that the raid followed complaints by Multichoice Company of illegal transmission of its signals to homes by some persons.

Fine: MTN Nigeria Formally Withdraws Case Against NCC

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, on Friday, said the company had formally withdrawn the court case it filed against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Moolman said in a statement in Lagos, that the telecommunications company kept its promise to act in good faith and withdrew the court case.

The statement said that the withdrawal paved the way to continue settlement discussions with the Nigerian authorities, towards an amicable resolution of the matter in the best interests of MTN and Nigeria.

MTN Says Nigeria Lifts Suspension of Regulatory Services

Nigeria's telecoms regulator has restored "regulatory services" to MTN Group , the South African mobile phone operator said on Tuesday.

The Nigerian Communications Commission prevented MTN from raising tariffs and launching promotions in October last year when it fined the company $5.2 billion for failing to cut off 5 million unregistered SIM cards.

African Telecom Towers Firm IHS to Buy Nigerian Rival

Pan-African mobile telecoms infrastructure group IHS has agreed to buy Nigerian rival Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN) for an undisclosed sum, its chief executive has said.

Issam Darwis, who founded IHS, said Africa's largest tower company, which builds and leases mobile telecoms towers in five countries across the continent, will acquire 1,211 towers spread across 34 of Nigeria's 36 states.

IHS will acquire the entire issued share capital of HTN, IHS said in a statement.

Buhari Says MTN in Talks with Nigerian Regulator on $3.9B Fine

South African company MTN is in talks with the telecoms industry regulator in Nigeria to reduce a $3.9 billion fine imposed for failing to disconnect unregistered SIM cards from its local network, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

He made the comment at a joint news conference with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma at the start of a two-day visit by Zuma.

NCC Says Porting Activities Reduced to 29,515 in January

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday said that telecommunications operators engaged in 29,515 Mobile Number Porting (MNP) activities in the month of January 2016.

This is contained in the `Incoming and Outgoing Porting Activities of Mobile Network Operators' report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

The report showed that there was a decrease of 5,985 in the MNP activities in the month of January 2016, in contrast to 35,500 activities recorded in December 2015.

FG Says Copyright Laws Inadequate

Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, says Nigeria’s existing copyright laws are inadequate to effectively address emerging challenges of copyright infringement.

He said this at the opening of a stakeholders and right owners’ forum organised by the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) recently in Enugu.

Malami, who was represented by an Assistant Director in Department of Legal Drafting in the ministry, Mr Godwin Iheabunike, said piracy could only be properly checked with adequate laws.

NCC Receives ₦50B Payment from MTN

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Monday said it received N50 billion from MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd. as part settlement of fine it imposed on the communications firm.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Tony Ojobo, the Director of Public Affairs of NCC, in Abuja.

It said the commission had also withdrawn the suit it filed against MTN.

``The official information to the commission to that effect was received from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on Feb. 29, 2016.

Towards Effective Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2015 launched the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting.

However, an ITU Report indicated that Nigeria missed the 2015 deadline, in spite of the fact that the country started the process nine years ago.

According to the report, the deadline for the switchover from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) heralded the development of ``all-digital’’ terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television for 119 countries.

MTN Drops Lawsuit Against Nigeria, Pays $250m Toward Fine

South African mobile phone operator MTN Group withdrew its lawsuit against Nigeria's regulator over a $3.9 billion fine and paid $250 million towards a possible settlement, Reuters reports.

A judge in Lagos last month gave both parties until March 18 to reach a settlement, after MTN had asked the court to arbitrate over the dispute, saying the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had no legal grounds to order the fine.