Nokia-Alcatel has been forced to shut down its office in Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) due to failure to obtain a licence required for the sale and installation of network equipment.

Reuters reported that, the licence fee the company owes NCC is 2 million naira ($6,349).

Salisu Abdul, the head of the enforcement unit of the NCC, said that Nokia had been operating in Nigeria without the required licence for many years. He however said, what led to the NCC’s latest action is that Nokia had applied for a licence three months ago but had failed to complete the process.

Salisu Abdul words:

“We all know that Nokia has been in this country for a long period of time and for any entity to provide a telecommunications service in this country, they ought to have consulted the NCC to obtain the requisite licence.

“Nokia is involved in equipment manufacturing, supply and installation. What they ought to have obtained from the NCC is sales and installation licence.”
A spokesperson for Nokia however told Global Telecoms Business that the closure was temporary and the situation will be resolved as soon as possible.
“The temporary closing of our administrative office in Lagos is an important matter to us. We continue to closely collaborate with NCC and are accelerating our efforts to quickly correct the situation.
“We remain fully committed to delivering world-class connectivity solutions to the Nigerian market and positively contributing to the country socio-economic development.”