NCC seals off Nokia-Alcatel’s office in Lagos
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has sealed off Nokia-Alcatel’s office located in Lekki, Lagos.The Head of Enforcement Unit, NCC, Mr. Salisu Abdul, speaking with newsmen shortly after the sealing, said that Nokia-Alcatel was involved in equipment manufacturing, supply and installation without obtaining the “sale and installation” licence.
According to him, the licence, which costs N2 million, will give Nokia the authority to operate wireless transmission, manufacturing and sale of equipment, among others.
He said the NCC had notified the company on the need to be licensed.
Abdul went on: “As a matter of fairness and transparency, we decided to pay them a visit and we, however, discovered that they only applied for licence about three months back and are yet to complete the process for the licence.
“Basically, we have decided to seal off the premises of Nokia until it obtains the requisite authorisation.“The NCC is the sole regulator of the telecom sector in Nigeria and one of our functions is the issuance of telecom licences.
“It is criminal for any service provider to operate in the country without licence. We have sealed off the office until they comply.”Abdul, who stated that the firm might be fined before its office is opened added: ‘’We have to charge them based on the number of years they have operated without licence. We will use our discretion to charge them.”
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