To engage in a telecom business in Nigeria, you will need to get a telecom licence which is issued by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Who is NCC? Find out below!
What is NCC?
The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) is the independent National Regulatory Authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.
The NCC regularly come up with policy to help stimulate demand and accelerate the uptake of ICT tools and services necessary for the enthronement of a knowledge society in Nigeria.
The NCC also ensures telecommunication services offered to Nigerians are not below quality or standards .
In order to achieve its mandate, the Commission has put in place the necessary licensing and regulatory framework for the supply of telecommunications services.
What is a telecom Licence?
A telecom licence is legal document that grants you the authority to engage in a telecom business or to provide a telecom service.
Section 31. (1) of the Nigerian Telecom Act 2003, states that “No person shall operate a communications system or facility nor provide a communications service in Nigeria unless authorised to do so under a communications licence or excepted under regulations made by the Commission this Act.
What are the categories of licences offered by the NCC?
There are two categories of licences namely: class and individual licence.
- An Individual Licence is a type of authorisation in which the terms, conditions and obligations, scope and limitations are specific to the service being provided. Process of licensing can take the form of Auction, “First Come First Served”, “Beauty Contest” or a standard administrative procedure, etc.
- A Class Licence is a type of general authorisation in which the terms and conditions/obligations are common to all licence holders. Requires only registration with the Commission for applicants to commence operation.
Difference between Individual and Class Licence
Services Covered by Class Licence
- Sales/Installation of Terminal Equipment & Sales of Cables, Mobile Cellular Telephone and HF/VHF/UHF Radio Equipment
- Public Payphone
- Repairs & Maintenance
- Tele – Centre / Cybercafé
Service Covered by Individual Licence
- Sales/Installation of Terminal Equipment & Sales of Cables: (Satellite Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, Major Network & Switching Equipment – switching equipment of up to and more than 600-line capacity.
- Internet Services .
- Commercial Basic Radio Communications Network .
- Interconnect Exchange Services .
- Collocation/Infrastructure Sharing License
- Private Network Links (Telephony Services- Fixed/Wireless)
- Commercial Trunk Radio Network Service
- Metropolitan Fibre Cable Network
- Capacity Resale (employing Radio/Cable/VSAT): National Regional State .
- Value Added Service
- PNL – Local Exchange Operator Licence – Description of proposed area of service coverage
- Non-Commercial Closed User Network
- National Long Distance Operator
- Gateway Services
- Wholesale Wireless Access Service
- Unified Access Services
- International Cable Infrastructure and Landing Station License
- INFRACO License
What is a Unified Access Licence?
A Unified License is an authorisation that allows the licensee to provide a basket of services under a single license. For example, under a Unified License, the licensee may be able to provide Mobile and Fixed telephony services, National Long Distance Communications Services, International Gateway services, among others, under one license.
How to Obtain NCC Individual Licence
- Download the Individual Licence Application from from the NCC Website
- Make payment (see details on NCC Website) of One Thousand Naira (N1,000.00) Only to the Nigerian Communications Commission.
- Fill the form and produce two (2) copies of the form,
- Also attach copies of the following relevant documents:
- Certificate of Incorporation.
- Tax Clearance Certificate.
- Certified True Copy (CTC) of Articles & Memorandum of Association.
- Certified True Copy (CTC) of Form CO7 (List of Company’s Directors).
- Feasibility report of proposed service applied for (where applicable).
- Three (3) Passport photographs of authorised representative.
- Passport photographs of Directors of the company.
- Certified True Copy (CTC) of Company’s registered address.
- Applications should be submitted in triplicate with all necessary documents attached, all spiral bound.
- Enquiries should be made from the Commission for the appropriate amount before payment.
- On submission of the form, a non-refundable administrative charge, which is 5% of the relevant license fee would be paid.
- License fee is payable on approval of application.
- For individual license, depending on the service, it takes between 4 – 6 weeks.
How to Obtain NCC Class Licence
- Download the NCC Class Licence Application Form on NCC website
- Make payment (see details on NCC website) of One Thousand Naira (N1,000.00) Only to the Nigerian Communications Commission.
- Fill the form and produce one copy
- Attach copies of relevant documents:
- Certificate of Incorporation.
- Tax Clearance Certificate.
- Certified true copy of Articles & Memorandum of Association.
- Certified true copy of form CO7.
- Two 2 Passport photographs of authorized representative.
- Certificate of qualified technical staff.
- Brief on the proposed service.
- Passport photographs of Directors of the company/ Sole Proprietorship.
- Applications should be submitted in duplicates with all necessary documents attached, all spiral bound.
- License fee of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) Only is payable on submission of applications.
- For class license, once your application is complete, you get your offer immediately.
License Fees & Pricing
The Fee Structure for the new classes of Licences are indicated in the two groups below. This took effect in January 2007 and still in effect as December 2017 (See NCC Website for updates).
Class Licence Services
|1.||Sales & Installation of Terminal Equipment
|2.||Repairs & Maintenance of Telecom Facilities
Individual Licence Services
|1.||Sales & Installation of Terminal Equipment (S & I)|
|Including Satellite Telecommunications Terminal Equipment||5 Years||500,000|
|Including Switching equipment of more than 600-line capacity & major network||5 Years||2,000,000|
|2.||Value Added Services|
|Prepaid Calling Card (PPCC)||5 Years||1,000,000|
|Call Directory Services||5 Years||500,000|
|Special Numbering Services||10 Years||3,000,000|
|Call Centre Services||5 Years||500,000|
|Content Services using Short Code||5 Years||500,000|
|3.||Automated Vehicle Tracking Services (AVTS)||5 Years||500,000|
|4.||Internet Services (ISP)||5 Years||500,000|
|6.||Commercial Basic Radio Communications Network Services||10 Years||250,000|
|7.||Trunk Radio Networks||10 Years||3,000,000|
|8.||Collocation/Infrastructure Sharing Services||10 Years||2,000,000|
|9.||Internet Exchange Services||10 Years||1,000,000|
|10.||Interconnect Exchange Services||10 Years||1,000,000|
|11.||Private Network Links (PNL) Local Exchange Operator (Cable Only)|
|Urban||Tier 1||10 Years||2,000,000|
|Tier 2||10 Years||1,200,000|
|Tier 3||10 Years||1,000,000|
|Tier 4||10 Years||857,000|
|Tier 5||10 Years||571,000|
|Semi-Urban||Tier 1||10 Years||1,000,000|
|Tier 2||10 Years||600,000|
|Tier 3||10 Years||500,000|
|Tier 4||10 Years||428,500|
|Tier 5||10 Years||285,500|
|Rural||Tier 1||10 Years||300,000|
|Tier 2||10 Years||180,000|
|Tier 3||10 Years||150,000|
|Tier 4||10 Years||128,500|
|Tier 5||10 Years||85,650|
|Tier 1||10 Years||2,800,000|
|Tier 2||10 Years||1,680,000|
|Tier 3||10 Years||1,400,000|
|Tier 4||10 Years||1,200,000|
|Tier 5||10 Years||800,000|
|13.||Global Mobile Personal Communications by Satellite (GMPCS)|
|Service Provider||10 Years||5,000,000|
|Land Earth Station Operator||10 Years||10,000,000|
|Group License||10 Years||Not Yet Specified|
|14.||Metropolitan Fibre Cable Network (MFCN)||20 Years||1,000,000 |
|15.||International Data Access (IDA)||10 Years||25,000,000|
|16.||Full Gateway Services (FGS)||10 Years||50,000,000|
|17.||National Long Distance Operator (NLDO)||20 Years||20,000,000|
|18.||Unified Access Service (UASL: Fixed Telephony National/Regional, DML, RLDO, NLDO, IDA, FGS)|
|National||20 Years||The fee would depend on the services within the Unified Access Service License category that the applicant is interested. |
|Tier 1||20 Years|
|Tier 2||20 Years|
|Tier 3||20 Years|
|Tier 4||20 Years|
|Tier 5||20 Years|
|19.||Non-Commercial/Closed User Radio Networks for Non-Telecoms Companies|
|2-Way Radio System||1 Year||125,000|
|3 – 30 Fixed and/or Mobile (HF/VHF/UHF) Stations||1 Year||500,000|
|31 – 50 Fixed and/or Mobile (HF/VHF/UHF) Stations||1 Year||1,250,000|
|More than 50 Fixed and/or Mobile Stations including Microwave & VSAT Networks||1 Year||2,500,000|
|Fixed and/or mobile stations including microwave & VSAT networks for Embassies||1 Year||–|
|20.||International Cable Infrastructure & Landing Station License||20 Years||$210,000 |
 Plus N500,000,00 for each approved location of service.
 The total fee would be the sum of the license fees for all the individual licensable services that the applicant is willing to provide.
 Conversion based on Current Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) rate
Disclaimer: Tosin is not a representative of the NCC, for updated official information, please visit the NCC website.