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WATCH | Call Masking: ATCON wants ‘speedy’ probe of mobile network operators

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Mr Olusola Teniola, President, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) today told Technology Times exclusively that government should speedily widen its probe of call masking to mobile network operators (MNOs) in the country.

The ATCON President’s call comes after the Nigerian telecoms regulator says the next wave of its sweeping clampdown on call masking plans to switch to the big mobile phone companies, following the imposition of various penalties against interconnect companies and other telecoms licensees.

Time is of essence says Teniola, who leads the influential telecoms trade group, ATCON which is now asking the telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to spread its dragnet to MNOs in the telecoms industry.

Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), seen in photo holding microphone wants NATCOMS, the consortium led by businessman, Tunde Ayeni that bought the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) to pay funds running into billions said to have been waived by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan administration to pave way for the purchase of NITEL, later renamed Ntel
Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), seen in photo holding microphone, has been asked to extend the call masking investigations to the bigger mobile phone companies

“And as we speak, only 5% of all interconnect calls are passed through the interconnect clearinghouses. So there is an issue. We have interconnect clearinghouses that are being sanctioned on a situation in which only 5% of the calls go through them. So that means that there are 95% of calls that potentially still have call masking and call refilling issues”, Teniola tells Technology Times in the exclusive interview.

According to the ATCON President, “now we are aware that NCC wants to widen the scope of its investigations to include the MNOs, but this should be done speedily.”

Please watch the rest of the interview in the video below:


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