Moving Forward, Data Will Guide NCC’s Decisions – Aminu Maida

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Dr Aminu Maida, has said that the commission’s decision will be data-driven.

Dr. Maida said this at the maiden interaction between the NCC and the media in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said it was vital to collaborate with stakeholders, who ranged from government agencies to the media, telecom operators and consumers.

Maida said the commission would focus more on being data-centric as the world is in the digital age.

He noted that as a regulator of the telecoms industry, it is necessary to leverage data to make informed decisions.

“You are going to see a change in the way we make decisions, we are going to be very data-driven. All our decisions are going to be backed up by data as much as possible.

“We want to reduce subjectiveness and take the right decisions that will improve the industry.

On stakeholders, the NCC boss said the commission would be focusing on three major stakeholders – the telecom consumers, the industry itself and the government.

Maida noted that the commission would be focusing on the needs of each of these stakeholders, adding that it knows consumers, for example, are looking for total Quality of Experience (QoE).

According to the EVC, the commission would be in charge of QoE from the moment they search for and choose telecom providers.

“We will be leveraging data to be able to empower consumers to make the right choice so that we can move away from the world where we have multiple SIM devices.

“Rather than multiple devices and SIM cards, we are looking at a situation where consumers will only have one SIM card and one device.

“We are also going to be working with our licensees on data tariff, speed and coverage. We are going to be working with our licensees to see how tariff can be simpler and more transparent,” Maida said.

He added that the commission would also continue to enlighten consumers to understand the habits that drive greater data usage.

Maida explained that as consumers buy phones with stronger data tolerance which produces better quality pictures, they fail to realise that these habits consume data faster.

He noted that the commission would be stepping in as a regulator to see the common issues that consumers are complaining about and how to resolve such problems.

“We are also going to see how we can improve the general security and integrity from the consumers’ perspective.

“The commission plans to create a platform where consumers can verify whether lines they have not used for a long time are still active or not.

“We have noticed that vicious people are targeting lines that are dormant for a long time to carry out fraud.

“Also, we want to formulate a policy to ensure that any line used to carry out fraud, the owner of that line will be prosecuted. So, if you are not using a particular line, it is advisable you block it,” Maida said.

On its licensees, he said the commission is looking at reviewing the operating standards and introducing better ones which would be more in line with international best practices and also in the area of corporate governance.

He said NCC would be leveraging technology to review regulatory services and internal processes to improve their operations.

“We are going to be doing a lot of advocacy in the areas of pushing the telecoms industry as a critical national infrastructure.

“On the right of way charges, we are working with state governments to either waive the RoW charges or stick to the N145/linear charge. We are also engaging states on the issue of multiple taxation,” he said.

Maida said that the commission would also be aligning its goals with that of the minister’s blueprint.

On its licensees, he said the commission is looking at reviewing the operating standards and introducing better ones which would be more in line with international best practices and also in the area of corporate governance.

He said NCC would be leveraging technology to review regulatory services and internal processes to improve their operations.

“We are going to be doing a lot of advocacy in the areas of pushing the telecoms industry as a critical national infrastructure.

“On the right of way charges, we are working with state governments to either waive the RoW charges or stick to the N145/linear charge. We are also engaging states on the issue of multiple taxation,” he said.