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NCC denies media report on submarine cable rights

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has refuted media report purportedly claiming that South African government refused to grant submarine cable rights to Nigerian companies.

NCC stated: “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to the claim from some quarters that Nigerian companies are being denied cable landing rights by South African government, while a local company with South African interest was recently granted a similar licence by the Commission.

“The Commission hereby confirms that a landing right licence was offered to MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, a company duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria and operating as a local Nigerian company, after it had fulfilled all the rigourous process requirements of the Commission which lasted for over a period of  about six months and approved by the Board of the Commission.

“The current Nigerian laws allow for 100% ownership of any business in Nigeria by a foreign entity.  Therefore ownership structure with respect to Nigerian registered businesses that apply for licence to do business in the ICT field, has never been a qualifying condition.


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