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NIG advocates for zonal frequency allocation

02 September 2013, 11:13

Lagos - The Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) is against the approach adopted by the Nigeria Communications Commission, (NCC) to expand broadband penetration in the country.

NIG President, Bayo Banjo, said instead of adopting a national approach, NCC should grant frequencies spectrum licenses on zonal basis to interested companies.

"Rather than the practice of allocating frequency nationally, the regulator should look in the way of allocating frequency on a zonal basis," he said in Lagos.

Banjo noted that over the years, the practice has not helped the penetration of broadband in the country.

He said zonal frequency allocation was critical if broadband penetration is to be achieved.

“The practice of having a national frequency allocation is not helping the situation. If you allocate zonal frequency and such a frequency is not being put into use, it will be easy for the NCC to revoke it,” he said.

Recently, NCC unveiled what it described as Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 which aimed to deepen broadband penetration in the country.

NIG, founded in 1995, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, promoting the internet in Nigeria.

To achieve its mandate, the Group engages in a number of activities which include policy advocacy, awareness creation and education.

The activities of the Group have led to an increase in awareness about the internet within Nigeria which further led to an increased level of internet connectivity in the country.

- CAJ News



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