NCC to auction spectrum

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, will auction one frequency license in the 2.3 GHz Band to qualified applicants for the provision of wholesales broadband service in Nigeria. The auction is expected to take place toward the end of January 2014.

In a statement, NCC said the Commission had, as a complement to its open Access Broadband Strategy, decided to assign the one slot of 30MHz nationally available in the 2.3 GHz Band for the delivery of broadband wireless access service at the wholesale level, to provide ISPs and other Retail Telecoms Service Providers with the requisite bandwidth to service their subscribers. This wholesale broadband provider will have the required spectrum to expand wireless broadband access across the country to ISPs and other Retail Telecom Service Providers for the provision of retail high speed internet access services.

NCC invited expressions of interest from applicants. Information Memorandum detailing the qualification criteria, auction processes, requisite forms and other key information will be made available at the Commission’s Head Office and its official website ( to guide all interested stakeholders.

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