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 The Nigerian telecommunications industry regulator has reiterated resolve to conduct necessary assessment of level of competition in the market.

This was contained in the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Professor Umar Danbatta speech at a one-day Stakeholders’ Forum on ‘Study Level of Competition in the Nigerian Telecom Industry’ held at Digital Bridge Institute, Cappa, Oshodi, Lagos on Wednesday.

The EVC who was represented by the Director Policy Competition & Economic Analysis, NCC, Josephine Amuwa, said that the Commission in the exercise of its regulatory functions as provided for in Nigerian Communication Act (NCA), 2003, engaged a consultant KPMG Professional Services to conduct a Study on the Assessment of the Level of Competition in the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry in 2013.

Director, Policy Competition and Economic Analysis Department Ms Josephine Amuwa, who represented the EVC, delivering the opening speech.

The outcome of that assessment, Prof. Danbatta noted, resulted in the definition of relevant market segments and a determination of dominance in some of those market segments.

According to him, following the successes realized, it became necessary to conduct another assessment of the competition in the market.

The objective of the current study is to provide current insight into the level of competition in the telecommunications market and articulate strategies/ recommendations to enhance opportunities in the market and to ensure that competition is deepened for innovative services.

The EVC explained that present study will enable the Commission to:

“Evaluate the current level of competition within the various market segments of the Nigerian telecommunications industry;

“Identify the factors determining the degree of competition in telecommunications industry in Nigeria, with a focus on the degree of rivalry in the sector;

“Evaluate the Commission’s interventions towards deepening Competition and identify areas that require improvements and benchmark these practices against international standards and good practices;

“Identify indicators for evaluating the level of competition in the various Telecommunications market segments identified;

“Identify any existing/plausible agreements, arrangements and practices amongst different licensees which constitute anti-competitive conduct, anti-competitive patterns and propose effective measure to address them; and

“Determine dominance if any and propose obligations to be imposed on dominant operators in any market Segment where such is determined to exist.

Cross section of participants at the Forum

 

The NCC Boss added that key focus of the forum is centered on gaining an understanding of the methodologies and the instruments (questionnaires) being adopted by the consultant to assess the level of competition, to also entertain questions and comments and comments on the presentation delivered by the consultants at the forum and lastly to secure operators commitment on the objective, complete and timely feedback to the questionnaires.

The Event ended with observations, contributions and recommendations by relevant stakeholders to serve as feedback for the improvement of competitiveness in the industry.

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