Guidelines for ICT Service Provisioning

12.1 ICT Companies shall:

  1. Register Nigerian entities as defined in these guidelines which will have predominant Nigerian representation in keeping with the Nigerian content requirement.
  2. Provide a local content development plan for the creation of jobs, recruitment of local engineers, human capital development and value creation for the local ecosystem.
  3. Use only locally manufactured SIM cards for the provision of data and telephony services within 18 months of the coming into effect of these guidelines.
  4. Host all subscriber and consumer data locally within the country.
  5. Host their websites on .ng TLD.
  6. Migrate their internet peering provisions to locally available services such as the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria within Two (2) years
  7. Use local/ indigenous companies to build out cell sites, towers and base stations and ensure that at least 50% of the value of such sites, towers and stations are locally sourced.
  8. Use Nigerian companies for the provision of at least 60% of all Value Added Services on their network within the first two years of operation or within the first two years of the coming into effect of these guidelines and 80% within three years of the coming into effect of these guidelines. They must also ensure that such companies are creating at least 50% of the value of services provided locally.

12.2 NITDA shall:

  1. Lead and facilitate discussions on the setup of indigenous ICT service providers spanning the entire value chain ranging from hardware to software, networking to data management in order to drive greater local participation.
  2. Promote the development of local firms that can provide goods and services to other major/ multinational ICT companies.
  3. Foster the growth of value adding entities by encouraging innovation in the areas of mobile messaging, call completion services, visual voicemail, convergence management, social telephony, convergent charging etc.
  4. Ensure that all ICT firms comply with the guidelines for Nigerian content development and institute appropriate sanctions against those that fail to comply.
  5. Provide incentives and motivations for ICT service providers to develop their own unique local content offerings.