By Laju Iren,
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has resumed the auction of licenses for the 2.6GHz band.
According to a statement signed by the Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and released to Vanguard: “The NCC on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, hereby informs parties interested in participating in the Auction of Frequency Spectrum Licences in the 2.6GHz Band that the process of the auction has resumed. Further details will be published in due course in print and electronic media, as well as on the commission’s website: www.ncc.gov.ng. Interested participants are advised to be on a watch out.”
After multiple postponements, the commencement of the auction will no doubt bring a breath of fresh air to investors. Originally scheduled to hold in December 2014 while the commission was still under the reins of former EVC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, the auction was postponed to May 2015 but was again met with another postponement, this one indefinite.
However, in November last year, the new EVC said that the NCC would issue new Telecom spectrum licences in 2016, to create robust internet infrastructure in all the 36 states in the country.
Danbatta had in an earlier interview said that this was necessitated by the commission’s commitment to providing a level playing field for all Telecom companies and investors to maximise their investments in the sector. Danbatta had said this would increase investments, expand broadband services and drive economic growth and development in the country.