Osondu NwokoroManaging Counsel at Greenfields Law
Osondu is a communications law, policy and strategy specialist and has been very actively involved in the development of the policy, legal and regulatory frameworks for the communications industry since the very early stages of its partial liberalization in 1996 through the attainment of full liberalization, up till the present. He had worked at the Nigerian Communications Commission where he was deeply involved in the formulation of pioneer industry regulatory policies and guidelines and, as Head of Licence Documentation, had responsibility for drafting the industry Operating and Frequency Licenses including the Digital Mobile Licence that was issued to the winners of the landmark GSM Licence Awards in Nigeria in 2001. He was a member of the Telecommunications Sector Reform Implementation Committee of the National Council on Privatization that wrote the National Telecommunications Policy of 2000 and was also very actively involved in the conception and drafting of the Nigeria Communications Act, 2003 which is the foundational statutory instrument for the de facto and complete liberalization and the regulation of the communications industry in Nigeria.
In April, 2002 Osondu was invited to join Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited (now Airtel Networks Limited) where he where he got to become a long-serving and well respected Regulatory Affairs Director with responsibility for regulatory compliance, interconnection, government, environmental and community affairs and industry stakeholder management in general. During this period, Airtel attained thought leadership in communications industry policy and regulatory advocacy and in 2010 Osondu was appointed onto the Ministerial Committee for the Review of the National Telecommunications Policy of 2000, to represent the mobile network operators. He chaired the Regulatory Sub-Group of that Committee.
From June, 2015 to April, 2018, Osondu was External Affairs Director at Natcom Development and Investment Limited (ntel), a 4G LTE service provider which successfully acquired the assets of the liquidated NITEL and MTEL from the Bureau of Public Enterprises, and during this period, the company obtained a number of regulatory concessions which have accorded it significant strategic advantages in view of its position as a late entrant to the very competitive communications market.