Monday, November 12, 2012

NCC bans promos, lotteries by Telcos

A news report just slipped in that the telecom industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has banned all forms of sales promotions by telecom operators. The action is reportedly aimed at salvaging the sliding quality of service in the sector.

CommunicationsWeek quotes Tony Ojobo, Director of Public Affairs as saying that the ban covers all proposed and approved promotions and lotteries on which the NCC has given approval further to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).

Affected in this latest ban from further promotional sales campaigns are Globacom, MTN, Intercellular, Visafone, Etisalat, Airtel and Multilinks.

The question now is: What happens to the various levies that the operators have paid to relevant government agencies to enable them carry out the various promotions? Will they get refunds from all the government agencies that had collected money from the operators before giving them approval to run such promo/lotteries?

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