Communications

We have developed a robust communications law practice from series of engagements by the apex regulator and telecommunications operators including the defunct national monopoly in the sector. Our services in this sector traverse litigation, advisory and regulatory compliance.

We have represented the regulator in litigations bordering on the exercise of its regulatory powers.  Our firm advised on the licensing of the Second National Operator (SNO) and also advised on the development of the Licensing Regulations for the sector.

Acting under a World Bank assisted consultancy and in collaboration with an international telecommunications law firm, we advised on the regulatory framework for the communications industry, spanning the following:

  • Quality of Service Regulations
  • Consumer Code of Practice Regulations
  • Competition Practice Regulations
  • Universal Access Regulations
  • Equipment Certification Guidelines
  • Numbering Plan Regulations
  • Internet Service Guidelines
  • Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Licensing Process
  • Determination of Dominance in Nigerian Telecommunication Market

The consultancy involved an in-depth and extensive research and legal analysis of evolving market trends, International Best Practices and International Comparative Analysis of both developing and developed markets.

Our telecommunications practice has extended to advising clients on the regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions, inclusive of mergers, acquisitions and investments, and in securing and obtaining permits necessary for the acquisition of frequencies, equipments and business operations.

Our firm has also participated in resolving disputes arising from interconnection agreements in respect of core network/backbone services.