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Sanctions and fines will 'help' telecoms industry

23 March 2013, 07:41

Abuja - A telecommunications stakeholder, Oluwale Ige, says sanctions and fines in the industry will help telecoms operators to be more responsive and pro-active in providing service.

Ige who is a former Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Board, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday  in Abuja.

He said the essence of sanctions was to put operators on their toes in the area of quality service delivery and also to assure them that the commission was watching closely their activities.

Ige said the sanctions should not be seen as punishment, but as a tool to tackle low level of productivity in the telecoms industry.

"It depends on your definition of sanctions. If you look at sanctions as punishment, you will sit up.

``Sanction is a stepping stone for telecoms operators to re-examine their operations. It is not punishment, but something to ginger them up to be pro-active and to be more positive beyond their environment,’’ he said.

Ige also pointed out that telecoms operators do not operate in isolation, and there was the need for compliance.

He said NCC’s reason for introducing Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was to enhance competition among telecoms operators so as improve on the quality of service.

"The MNP is a system which enables a subscriber to move from one network to another if not satisfied with the quality of service, without changing his or her SIM number.

"MNP will create competition, and the issue of low quality of service will be reduced because an operator knows that if it doesn’t improve on its service it can run down its system,’’ Ige added.



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