Lagos - The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has opened the bidding process for its 25 consultancy contracts including the monitoring of mobile phone interactions.
The announcement follows NCC's draft policy on lawful interception, which is meant to monitor telephony communications such as phone calls, short message services (SMS) and chat messages.
Other consultant contracts which NCC will be awarding include: Review of the Readiness of Social Media Networks and its Implications for Telecommunications Regulation and National Security; Development of a Technical Framework for Data Filtering in Telecommunications Networks; and Development of a Technical Framework for the Use of Social Media Networks.
Also included are Electronic Archiving of Documents; Upgrade and Comprehensive Maintenance of Site to Site VPN Solution; Implementation of Visitors Management System (VMS); Localised Investigation into the Electromagnetic (EM) Emission from telecommunications radiators associated with masts, towers and terminal devices and study to quantify the value and compliance levels in the use of 2.45GHz and 5.8GHz centre frequencies of the ISM Band in the Nigerian market.
Tony Ojobo, NCC Director for public affairs said the technical and financial proposals must be submitted in sealed envelope.
“The document should be dropped in the bid box located at the reception of the commission’s head office," Ojobo said.
Stakeholders in the telecoms sector have previously opposed the lawful interception policy on the ground that it did not have legal status.
They argue that for lawful interception to be successful, it has to be backed by law.
Nigeria's national assembly is yet to pass the bill into law.
The Nigerian government recently received a backlash from citizens after it was revealed that it had awarded an Israeli company a contract of about $40 million to develop technology and software to monitor the email interactions of Nigerians.
- CAJ News