Nokia reopens Lagos office after closure by NCC over regulatory infractions

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Nokia on Friday announced reopening of its Lagos office after it was closed last week Wednesday by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for operating without licence.

The company in a statement made available to Authentic Platform News Nigeria on its on its behalf by Africa Media Agency said Nokia said has effected constructive and collaborative engagement with the NCC.

Nokia in the statement said as result of the engagement, the company’s Lagos office has been reopened on Friday 9th September. Nokia’s business operations and support to our customers in the country have not been affected by the brief office closure.

Nokia has operated in Nigeria for over a decade, and as in all other markets where we have a presence, we have conducted business with sound corporate governance. We are always mindful that our business success is based upon superior commercial propositions and long-lasting partnerships with regulators, governments, suppliers, customers, partners and employees in all our markets.

We take our responsibilities and obligations very seriously to build a sustainable industry that contributes to the growth of local economies. Nokia remain fully committed to acting in accordance with applicable requirements and regulations when delivering world-class connectivity solutions to the Nigerian market, in adherence with Nokia’s culture of high-performance, innovation and integrity.

Recalled that NCC head of Enforcement Unit, Mr Salisu Abdul said that Nokia had been operating without license for years.

Abdul said that during one of the commission’s monitoring activities, the team discovered that the company had not obtained the requisite authorization to render services.

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He said that Nokia-Alcatel was involved in equipment manufacturing, supply and installation therefore it could have obtained the “Sale and Installation’’ license.

According to him, the license, which barely cost N2 million will give Nokia the authority to operate wireless transmission, manufacturing and sale of equipment, among others.

He said that after notifying the company for the need to be licensed, it only applied for the license about three months ago, but did not complete the process. ”

“As a matter of fairness and transparency, we decided to pay them a visit, and we however discovered that they only applied for license about three months back and are yet to complete the process for the license.

“Basically, we have decided to seal off the premises of Nokia until it obtains the requisite authorisation.

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The NCC is the sole regulator of the telecom sector in Nigeria and one of our functions is the issuance of telecom licenses.”

It is criminal for any service provider to operate in the country without license. We have sealed the office until they comply,”

 

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