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Nigeria promises ‘transparent auction’ of 2.6GHz frequency spectrum

Nigeria promises ‘transparent auction’ of 2.6GHz frequency spectrum

Dr Peter Igho, the Chairman of Board of Commissioners at the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has assured Nigerians that the fresh auction of 2.6GHz spectrum band will be free, fair and transparent

He gave this assurance at a stakeholders’ forum held Thursday in Lagos as the telecoms watchdog is on the verge of conducting another rounds of spectrum auction on the frequency band.

With the successful auction of the nation’s 2.3GHz spectrum early this year, NCC, which also serves as the umpire in the licence sale believes that the auction of the 2.6GHz spectrum will further deepen competition and improve broadband penetration in the country

The regulator said that the two slots of 70MHz in the 2.6GHz band would be auctioned and was determined to put it up for the most qualified organisations to put them for the benefit of the nation.

“You are all aware that the commission has commenced the processes for the selection of Infrastructure Companies for Lagos and North Central Region in line with the Open Access Model that was launched in 2014. In due course, qualified companies will be selected in that process to give impetus to our drive to achieve robust deployment and service provisioning for broadband services across the country”, Igho said.

Igho told stakeholders that input from stakeholders in the modalities of the auction process would allow NCC to conduct another transparent auction like it did in the 2.3GHz spectrum band.

Lanre Ajayi President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said the planned sale of 2.6GHz spectrum would enhance last-mile infrastructure connectivity that would complement faster delivery of broadband services to homes and offices.

Also speaking in same vein Bayo Banjo President of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) said most developed countries that had auctioned spectrum put in place measures that encouraged local players, stressing that NCC should follow the steps of the oil and gas industry that has helped local operators to perform.

According to the President of NIG, “we need some kind of regional regimentation for the licensing. If we do national incensing, we are definitely shutting local entrepreneurs out of the system.’’

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Kolade Akinola Technology Journalist at Technology Times Mobile: + 234 (0) 807 401 6027