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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Monday, reiterated that it will carry out technical evaluation of preferred bidder for 9mobile before the license can be transferred.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, made the remark during an interactive session with Media Chiefs and Editors in Lagos, saying that NCC’s interest on the subject was to ensure whichever bidder takes-over 9mobile shows core-competences to maintain stability and consumer satisfaction.

Prof. Danbatta was responding to questions on the delays of the sale of the troubled operator, stating that NCC and CBN have been pious with their involvement in the sales.

“We are witnesses to the challenges that faced one of the major service providers, 9Mobile.

“The sale of 9Mobile will occur on two folds: the financial and technical evaluation of the preferred bidder. NCC will never compromise standard, especially for the interest of the consumers.

“With the intervention of the NCC and the CBN, the nation was saved the predicament of losing one of the key service providers. But we are assuring Nigerians that as a responsible regulator we are will ensure the preferred bidder to takeover 9mobile must have the technical competencies to maintain the network.”.

Prof. Danbatta, said the Commission follows global best practices and standards in telecoms regulations. “We apply openness and transparency in all our dealings. We have very professional staff, whose performances have sustained the level of recognition, enjoyed by the Commission from within and across the globe.

The battle for buy over of 9Mobile has been between Teleology and Smile Communications, with the former emerging preferred bidder after paying $50 nonrefundable sum. Teleology was given 90days windows to pay the balance of $450m.