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NCC plans another spectrum auction

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and stakeholders in the telecoms sector are working out modalities for auctioning available slot in 2.6GHz spectrum before the end of this year. The regulator which sought wide industry consultation through a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos, restated its commitment to ensure judicious auctioning of the two slots of 70MHz in the 2.6GHz band. NCC Chairman Peter Igho explained that contributions from industry stakeholders are key to allowing the commission to conduct another transparent auction as it did in February on the 2.3GHz spectrum band.

[eap_ad_1] He said NCC is about to commence licensing Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) on regional basis. He said: “You are all aware that the commission has commenced the processes for the selection of Infrastructure Companies for Lagos and the 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 also stated that the NCC sought input from the industry stakeholders in the areas of spectrum caps, licensing options, tenures, roll out obligations and some key issues that the commission’s auction committee may have put up for consideration. NCC’s Director of Spectrum Administration and Management, Austin Nwalune, said deliberations from the forum would form the fulcrum for the spectrum auction.

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