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The Regulator and the Regulated: An Examination of the Legal Framework for Telecommunication in Nigeria

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Author(s): Tunde Otubu

Journal: Acta Universitatis Danubius : Communicatio
ISSN 1844-7562

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 152;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: telecommunication | tort laws | criminal laws | regulations

ABSTRACT
The prime objective of any technological revolution is to improve the quality of human life. This can be achieved by successfully assimilating these technological innovations into human society. Technological development in the information and communication technology has found its way into modern human societies for good. However in order to take the full advantage and benefits of this system there is the need to put in place a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework to engender the growth and development of the industry.This paper sets out to examine the legal and regulatory framework surrounding the business of telecom industry in Nigeria. It particularly scrutinizes the provision of the law establishing the National regulator vis a vis the service providers and the consumers of this telecom services. Such laws as the company Act, Nigeria communication Act, Criminal law, law of tort, planning Laws, Land Use act and other regulations tangential to the provision of telecom services in the country.In examining these laws the paper seeks to identify the lacunas, drawbacks and limitations existing in these regulations and proceeds to advance reform and recommendations towards the efficient administration and implementation of telecom laws in Nigeria in the overall benefit of the telecom business in Nigeria.
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