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NCC auctions broadband licence

19 November 2013, 15:30

Abuja - The Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) has officially commenced the auctioning of the sole frequency license in the 2.3 GHz band for the provision of wholesale broadband services in the country.

The auctioning of the bandwidth is part of the commission’s new plan to have a wholesale broadband provider in the country.

The Commission as a complement to its Open Access Broadband Strategy, opted to assign the 1 slot of 30MHz nationally available in the 2.3 GHz band for the delivery of broadband wireless access service at the wholesale level, to provide ISP’s and other retail telecoms service providers with the requisite bandwidth to service their subscribers.

The wholesale broadband provider is expected to have the required spectrum to expand wireless broadband access across the country to ISPs and other retail telecoms service providers for the provision of retail high speed internet access services.

Announcing the official commencement of the spectrum sales, the commission said it was adopting an auction process to ensure transparency in the assignment of the available spectrum.

NCC’s head of public affairs, Tony Ojobo, said that information memorandum detailing the qualification criteria, auction processes, requisite forms and other key information has been made available at the commission’s head office and its official website ( www.ncc.gov.ng ) to guide all interested stakeholders.

A statement by NCC on the sales read, “The commission invites expression of interest under the subject '2.3 GHz Auction-Expression of Interest' within three weeks.”

The actual auction is expected to take place towards the end of January next year.

– CAJ News


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