Senate summons NCC over worsening call network

Senate summons NCC over worsening call network

- The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) was on Thursday, July 11, summoned by the Senate

- This came as complaints about poor regulation of SIM cards and dropped calls among Nigerians during phone conversation were increasing

- The Senate president, Ahmad Lawal, said that poor network is now a menace to Nigerians, adding that the house will take a drastic move on the issue

Following increasing complaints about poor regulation of sim cards and dropped calls among Nigerians during phone conversation, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has been summoned by the Senate.

The Senate, deliberating on a motion led by Senator Buhari Abdulfatai, called on the NCC to direct network providers to diversify their facilities and ensure adherence in a bid to eradicate the inconvenient experience among subscribers, Premium Times reports.

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In his motion, Senator Abdulfatai said: “Operators also have an unfair advantage with dropped calls from per-minute users as callers end up paying for an entire minute if a call drops in between, especially within the first few seconds.

“Despite the warning issued by the NCC to telecom operators using the dropped call mechanism to defraud Nigerians by deducting money from phone users illegally, no serious penalty has been issued against any operator to date."

Moreover, other senators in support of Abdulfatai's position said that they are certain that such is not obtainable in other African countries like Kenya, South Africa and Ghana.

Thus, the senator called out the commission for not effecting regulation on the operations of network providers in the country.

On his part, Abba Moro (PDP, Benue south) said: “Dropped calls have become a problem. In addition to sanctioning network providers, our regulatory agencies must also be held responsible."

Responding to the issue, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, said that poor network is now a menace to Nigerians, adding that the case will be dealt with.

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Lawal said: “This time will be different. We pay through our noses and we are unjustifiably treated by these network providers. Everybody comes here and treat us differently. The DSTV and others do almost the same thing. At the appropriate time, we will have a public hearing.

“The NCC and other relevant agencies will be put to test. We feel they are inefficient and they are not doing enough. We are going to bark and bite this time around and if it requires blacklisting the operators, we will do that."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NCC had said that the number of internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to 115,938,255 million in March 2019.

The NCC made this known on Monday, May 20, in its monthly internet subscribers data for February 2019, posted on its website.

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