Enforcement unit of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, yesterday sealed Nokia -Alcatel office located at CBC tower, Lekki, Lagos for failing to pay N2million sales and installation license under category ‘A’ .
Shortly after sealing off the office, Salisu Abdul, the Head of the enforcement unit of the telecom regulatory authority, said that the mobile equipment manufacturer has been operating in Nigeria without the license for many years.
He said that the license gives Nokia the power to operate wireless transmission equipment and sales of manufacturing of equipment among others, he said.
He noted that Nokia had applied for the license about three months ago but did not complete the process.
“It is criminal for any service provider to operate in the country without license. We have sealed the office until they comply. We have to charge them based on the number of years they have operated without license. We will use our discretion to charge them.
Abdul said; “The NCC is the sole regulator of the telecom sector in Nigeria and one of our functions is the issuance of telecom licenses. In one of our monitoring activities, we discovered that Nokia-Alcatel has not obtained the required authorization to operate their services in this country.
“As a matter of fairness and transparency, we decided to pay them a visit. We however discovered that they only applied for license about three months back and are yet to complete the process for the license. Basically, we have decided to seal off the premises of Nokia until they obtain the requisite authorization. “The license is barely two million naira to obtain, he said.