In response to anger at the low quality services offered by Nigerian mobile operators, the regulator will begin touring the country analysing signals with the aim of formulating new policies.
HumanIPO reported last month the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had banned operators from engaging in lotteries and promotions and its latest move will scrutinise the network’s further.
Tony Ojobo, Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, said: “Here in Abuja and our zonal offices, we have mobile vehicles used to conduct what we call the drive test. How it works is that our engineers will drive this vehicle through certain parts of the country and as they are driving it, the equipment in that vehicle picks up the signals from various networks which it analyses. This will eventually tell them how these networks which are detected by our vehicles work.”
It is expected the results of the ‘drive test’ would help the NCC, the Nigerian government and other stakeholders in the nation’s communications sector to have a true assessment of telecoms services in Nigeria with the goal of using the results to formulate better policies.