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NCC ready to issue broadband licences

07 October 2013, 16:34

Abuja - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it was ready to issue licenses to companies that were interested in providing fixed broadband services in the country.

The executive vice chairman of NCC, Dr Eugene Juwah, said the process of splitting the country into territories for the purpose of issuing the licences had already began.

In a statement, Juwah said the subsequently, operators would be required to bid for the territories they were able to provide with broadband internet coverage to.

The statement quoted him as saying that the bidding for the fixed broadband license will either be held before the end of the year or in early 2014.

Juwah also said the fixed broadband project would be a partnership between the government and the private sector, as he noted that government was “tired” of “waiting for existing operators to go into the project on their own.”

“You can only do mobile broadband up to a point without having fixed broadband. We have come to that point in Nigeria today. You need to backhaul your data. The problem we have in Nigeria is that we have a preponderance of microwave backhaul in our system and this has created a huge percentage of quality of service issues,” he said.

Fixed telecommunications services had taken the back seat since the introduction of digital mobile services in the country in 2001.

- CAJ News



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