The Nigerian government has revealed plans to issue new telecoms licenses in 2016 to create robust internet infrastructure across the country.
The Acting Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Speaking on developments in the nation’s telecoms industry, Danbatta said the NCC aims to create a level playing field for all operators and investors as a way of allowing every player to maximise their investments.
“This would increase investments, expand broadband services and drive economic growth and development in the country,” he said.
Tony Ojobo, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, has confirmed the commission’s plans to issue new licenses next year.
Speaking over the weekend, Ojobo said the new licenses would ensure that Nigeria has enough pervasive internet penetration to be able to implement policies that will guarantee good operating environment for telecom players.
He said, “Nigeria has an array of telecom licences awaiting auctions from next year; they include the 2.6GHz band and Infrastructure companies (InfraCos) in the five geopolitical zones of the country. Others are the 5.4GHz band, 70/80GHz band as well as the 700/800MHz bands that NCC plans to tender to telecom broadband operators.”
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