Sometimes referred to as customer apparatus or consumer equipment, being equipment on consumers’ premises which is not part of the public electronic communications network and which is directly or indirectly attached to it.
This Practice Note provides an overview of the types of communications services commonly outsourced and the reasons for outsourcing. Typical outsourcing structures are also explored, together with key provisions, service levels, benchmarking, warranties and additional issues.Communications outsourcing'Outsourcing' broadly means the contracting out of a business process or function to another party. Examples of functions which might be outsourced include human resources, payroll processing, IT, customer services, finance and accounting.The outsourcing of communications takes many different forms. While there is no legally approved definition, communications outsourcings usually involve the outsourcing of services associated with voice and/or data communications in some form. Such outsourcings can be full outsourcings, involving the outsourcing of a fully functioning private communications network, or managed service outsourcings, or, more specific outsourcings, such as the support and maintenance of telecoms apparatus to data centre outsourcing, or the procurement of the supply of handsets.A regulatory environmentElectronic communications is a regulated sector and providers of electronic communication services (ECSs), electronic communication networks (ECNs) and associated facilities are subject to the underpinning regulations. These include regulations which are not specific to the electronic communications sector, as areas such as data privacy, data security, and issues around interception and government investigatory powers are also relevant. See: Telecommunications—overview.Within the EU, there is no longer a system of licensing (except for specified wireless frequencies) and, as such,
Telecoms and media—Nigeria—Q&A guide This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to telecoms and media in Nigeria published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: June 2022). Authors: Streamsowers & Köhn—Tamuno Atekebo; Otome Okolo; Chukwuyere E Izuogu; Pearl Ekong 1. Summarise the regulatory framework for the communications sector. Do any foreign ownership restrictions apply to communications services? Nigeria's communications sector is primarily regulated by the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) and the Wireless Telegraphy Act (WTA). The NCA established the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which is charged with the responsibility of regulating the communications sector. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (the Minister) under the NCA is vested with the responsibilities of the formulation, determination and monitoring of the general policy for the communications sector in Nigeria with a view to ensuring, among other things, the utilisation of the sector as a platform for the economic and social development of Nigeria, the negotiation and execution of international communications treaties and agreements, on behalf of Nigeria, between sovereign countries and international organisations and bodies, and the representation of Nigeria, in conjunction with the NCC, at proceedings of international organisations and on matters relating to communications. Under the NCA, the NCC is authorised to make and publish regulations and guidelines insofar as it is necessary to give effect to the full provisions
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