By Emeka Aginam
The NigerianÂ telecommunicationÂ regulatory authority, theÂ Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC,Â has issuedÂ issued license to Messrs Mobitel Ltd, for the utilization of frequencies in the 2.3 GHz Spectrum Band, having emerged successful at the licensing bid concluded by the Commission on May 8, 2009 by paying the specified fees of N1.368 Billion Naira.
The Chairman of the Board of the Commission, Alhaji Joda, approved that the license be issued immediately in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, in Abuja Division, presided over by Justice M.G Umar, on Thursday, March 18, 2010 ordering the Commission to allocate to the company, frequency slot in the 2.3 GHz band forthwith.
While delivering the judgment in an application brought before it by the company, the Honourable Justice made an order of mandatory injunction compelling the Commission to allocate a slot in the 2.3 GHz band spectrum to the company, having satisfied all the requirements for the allocation.
The court in upholding the licensing process further declared that â€œthe auction of the National Frequencies in the 2.3 GHz band conducted by the Commission in which the company was a successful bidder is, and was within the exclusive power and competence of the Commissionâ€.
The company has been issued with a license for 20 MHz slots in the 2.3GHz frequency band to commence immediate operations as prescribed in the conditions contained in the Information Memorandum issued for the licensing process.
The Commission urges the company to put machineries in motion to ensure quick deployment of high quality networks that will guarantee good quality and affordable broadband services to subscribers nationwide.