Telecoms and media—Nigeria—Q&A guide
Telecoms and media—Nigeria—Q&A guide

The following TMT practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Telecoms and media—Nigeria—Q&A guide
  • 1. Summarise the regulatory framework for the communications sector. Do any foreign ownership restrictions apply to communications services?
  • 2. Describe the authorisation or licensing regime.
  • 3. Do spectrum licences generally specify the permitted use or is permitted use (fully or partly) unrestricted? Is licensed spectrum tradable or assignable?
  • 4. Which communications markets and segments are subject to ex-ante regulation? What remedies may be imposed?
  • 5. Is there a legal basis for requiring structural or functional separation between an operator’s network and service activities? Has structural or functional separation been introduced or is it being contemplated?
  • 6. Outline any universal service obligations. How is provision of these services financed?
  • 7. Describe the number allocation scheme and number portability regime in your jurisdiction.
  • 8. Are customer terms and conditions in the communications sector subject to specific rules?
  • 9. Are there limits on an internet service provider’s freedom to control or prioritise the type or source of data that it delivers? Are there any other specific regulations or guidelines on net neutrality?
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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: March 2020).

Authors: Streamsowers & Köhn—Chukwuyere E Izuogu; Otome Okolo; Tamuno Atekebo

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 responsible for the formulation, determination and monitoring of the general policy for the communications sector 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 to give effect to the full provisions of the NCA, among other things.

The WTA sets out the framework for regulating the

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