NCC suspends issuance of Interconnect Exchange, MVNO, and VAS aggregator licences

By Rose Moses

In a move to ensure fair competition and adapt to current market dynamics, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a temporary suspension on the issuance of new licences in three key categories: Interconnect Exchange, Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), and Value Added Service (VAS) Aggregator.

A press statement signed by Reuben Muoka, its Director, Public Affairs, stated that the NCC, acting under the powers granted by the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, has decided to conduct a thorough review of several critical areas within these licence categories. The review, the statement added, will focus on assessing the current level of competition, market saturation, and overall market dynamics.

The Commission therefore announced that effective from May 17, 2024, it will not accept new applications for the aforementioned licences during the suspension period, assuring stakeholders, though, that pending applications before the suspension will be considered on their merits.

For any enquiries or clarifications regarding the suspension notice, stakeholders are advised to contact the NCC at

According to the statement, the NCC remains committed to promoting fair competition and developing the communications industry in Nigeria, adding that the temporary suspension is a strategic move to ensure that the market remains balanced and responsive to the evolving needs of consumers and industry players.

Below is full text of the public notice:

“In line with its powers under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 to grant and renew licences, promote fair competition and develop the Communications Industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (the Commission) hereby informs all stakeholders of a temporary suspension on issuance of new licences in the following categories:

“1. Interconnect Exchange Licence

“2. Mobile Virtual Network Operator Licence

“3. Value Added Service Aggregator Licence

“This temporary suspension is necessary to enable the Commission to conduct a thorough review of several key areas within these categories, including the current level of competition, market saturation and current market dynamics.

“The public is invited to note that during the suspension period commencing on 17th of May, 2024, new application for the aforementioned licences will not be accepted. This is without prejudice to pending applications before the Commission which will be considered on their merits.

“Any enquiries or clarifications in respect of this Suspension Notice should be forwarded to:

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