NCC denies allocating 383 million new phone numbers to operators

The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) has mentioned it didn’t allocate 383 new cellphone numbers to community operators within the first quarter of 2021 alone as some media reviews say.

The Fee mentioned a nationwide each day had wrongly interpreted an up to date report on the Nationwide Numbering Plan, posted by the NCC on its official web site.

Particularly, the report printed by the media outfit with the headline: “NCC allocates 383 million new phone numbers to operators,” purported that the Fee allotted 383 million new phone strains to telecoms service suppliers within the first quarter of 2021 alone.

However in a press release signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the Fee, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the NCC mentioned “For the avoidance of doubt, the up to date report posted on the Fee’s web site on Friday nineteenth, February 2021, below the heading: Nationwide Numbering Plan (2021 Q1), was the Whole Variety of Phone Numbers allotted to all of the telecommunications providers suppliers for the reason that inception of digital cell providers within the nation in 2001.

“The up to date report is, due to this fact, on no account, both a sign of recent allocation or new activation of phone numbers in Q1 2021, as wrongly interpreted by the media outfit.

“Moderately, the report on the Fee’s web site titled: ‘Nationwide Numbering Plan (2021 Q1)’ is a routine periodic report issued as a part of the Fee’s regulatory mandate to publish and replace all phone numbers allotted to service suppliers for the advantage of stakeholders.

“The aim of the Nationwide Numbering Plan within the telecommunications sector is to arrange a uniform numbering scheme and the related dialling procedures for use within the networks to permit the subscribers and operators to arrange calls.

“Most of the people and all our stakeholders are suggested to ignore the mentioned report within the nationwide each day and be guided accordingly.

“Whereas we recognize the great intention of our media stakeholders by way of well timed reportage of NCC and its regulatory actions, we, nonetheless, encourage them to at all times fact-check their tales with the Fee for correct reporting.

“We additionally use this chance to remind our esteemed media stakeholders that the Fee runs an Open-Home system.

“We encourage them to at all times be at liberty to contact the Fee for needed clarification on NCC’s regulatory actions and reviews printed on its web site earlier than going to press.”

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