How to obtain a Value Added Service (VAS) license from the NCC

How to obtain a Value Added Service (VAS) license from the NCC

October 15, 2019

A Value Added Service License is a major requirement by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for any business proffering value added services. Value added services are network based services other than voice calls, that is provided in form of text, video, graphics, pictures, multimedia or data for the purpose of conveying information or executable content either downloaded or accessed online and normally at extra cost.

Here are the processes you must follow in order to obtain a Value Added Service License:

  1. Purchase an Application form for the sum of N1, 000 from the Nigerian Communications Commission.
  2. Complete the form and photocopy two copies of the form and attach the following documents:
  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • Current Tax Clearance Certificate.
  • Certified True Copy of the Memorandum and Articles of the Company.
  • Certified True Copy of CAC 7-Particulars of the directors of the Company.
  • Passport Photographs of the Directors of the company.
  • Feasibility report of proposed service applied (where applied).
  • 3 passport photographs of an authorized representative.
  • Evidence of an Agreement or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered between the company and the Mobile Network Operator(s) for the provision of Valued Added Services or alternatively the applicant should provide a copy of the license duly issued by CBN for Mobile Services.
  • Evidence of an Agreement or MOU entered between the company and the Network Operator(s).
  1. After attaching the above documents, spiral bind the documents, pay a non-refundable administrative fee which is 5% of the relevant license fee and submit all the documents with the receipt of payment to the Nigerian Communications Commission.
  2. Upon Submission, the documents will go through proper scrutiny and if found to be in order, the license is then issued.
  3. This license is issued for a period of five years renewable for an equal term subject to the fulfilment of certain requirements.

NB: Upon being issued the Value Added Service License, the remaining 95% of the License Fee is to be paid to the Nigerian Communications Commission.


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