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Telecommunications law and regulation in Nigeria : a study of universal service provision


Opata, Chukwudiebube Bede Abraham (2010) Telecommunications law and regulation in Nigeria : a study of universal service provision. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

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This thesis undertakes an analysis of the law pertaining to the regulation oftelecommunications in Nigeria generally and more specifically with regards to theextension of access to telecommunications services to unserved and underservedpersons and areas in Nigeria. The study is situated in the context of privatisation andliberalisation reform of the Nigerian telecommunications sector. It addresses thequestion of how to extend access to telecommunications services in Nigeria tounserved and underserved persons and areas. This question is researched by focusingon the sector regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission and analysing themechanisms, ranging from licensing to interconnection to universal service provisionand the National Rural Telecommunication Programme, that have been deployed inthe past to achieve this objective to ascertain how these may be improved to ensurethat as many persons and areas as possible have access to telecommunicationsservices. The issue of securing the accountability of the regulator responsible for thedeployment of these access extension mechanisms is also addressed. The researchidentifies the main international influences on the development of the Nigerianregulatory framework and shows the country’s ability to borrow from a number ofsources while adapting and refining the borrowed rules to solve Nigerian problems.The thesis makes a contribution to knowledge in at least three material ways.It is, to the best of my knowledge, the first work on the legal framework for theregulation of telecommunications in Nigeria after the enactment of theCommunications Act 2003. Secondly, it is also the first work that I am aware ofwhich analyses issues of access to telecommunications services using a variety ofregulatory mechanism as opposed to focusing on universal access and universalservice alone. Finally it presents a positive illustration of a successful outcome ofglobalisation of rules, specifically the transposition or transplantation of specific legalrules in the economic context of a developing African country.


Item Type: Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)
Subjects: K Law > KN Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH): Telecommunication -- Law and legislation -- Nigeria
Official Date: December 2010
Date Event
December 2010 Submitted
Institution: University of Warwick
Theses Department: School of Law
Thesis Type: PhD
Publication Status: Unpublished
Supervisor(s)/Advisor: McEldowney, John F.
Extent: xxviii, 335 leaves
Language: eng
URI: http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/id/eprint/35531

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