January 12, 2022

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The Congo-Brazzaville Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (CTRA) has expressed interest in studying the Nigerian telecommunications market.
The Congolese team led by CTRA Network Director Benjamin Mouandza made this known when they recently visited the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on a benchmarking tour in Abuja.
In a letter written to the Executive Vice President of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, the conglomerate regulator indicated its interest in better understanding three areas of NCC’s regulatory activities, namely the management of issues associated with quality of service (QoS). , SIM Boxing and call masking, as well as the type approval process for telecommunications equipment.
The Congolese team spent three days at NCC’s head office in Abuja, where they were exposed to key NCC results-oriented regulatory activities, frameworks, programs and policies, with the aim of exploring how these operational frameworks could be adapted by the African nation. known for its immense reserves of tropical forest.
In response, Danbatta graciously accepted CTRA’s request and further led the relevant departments of the NCC, including Special Functions (SD), Technical Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI); and the Compliance and Enforcement Oversight (CME) directorates to interact with the team to provide the necessary information sharing that may be of use to the Congolese counterpart.
Speaking to the CTRA team, the Director of NCC, TSNI, Bako Wakil, spoke at length about the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) instituted by the NCC on the quality of service and how these KPIs are measured. and monitored by the Commission to ensure better service delivery in Nigeria. more and more telecommunications consumers.
Regarding the type approval process, Wakil said the Council has developed a rigorous type approval process to ensure that telecommunications equipment, including terminals, manufactured to international standards and specifications are imported into the country. country.
“NCC takes the type approval process like other processes seriously, as unapproved devices and equipment that are also not manufactured in accordance with international standards and specifications have negative implications for the quality of service delivery. on the networks, ”he said.
Wakil also spoke at length about “call masking” and highlighted the measures the NCC had put in place to deal with the threat.
He described call masking as “the practice of sending international calls to an operator but disguising the calls as if they were local by sending the calls over the local interconnect route with a local number in the plane. national numbering instead of the original international call number “.
It will be recalled that the visit of the Congolese team came barely a month after the NCC hosted officials from the Sierra Leone National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), who also visited the NCC to compare policies, the programs and regulatory activities of the Telecommunications Regulator of Nigeria.
Over the years, the NCC has consistently received delegations from telecommunications regulators in Africa and this trend has remained a major boost to Nigeria’s global ranking as a model for telecommunications regulation.