Nigerian 2.3 GHz spectrum auction next month

The Nigerian regulator says applications to participate in the 2.3 GHz spectrum allocation auction are due for submission by 7 February.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decided to offer 30 MHz of unpaired spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band for commercial assignment on a national basis in Nigeria. Following consultation with industry stakeholders, the NCC decided to allocate this spectrum in one unpaired block of 30 MHz, adjoining a 10MHz guard band with the adjacent 2.4 GHz band as specified below:

· 2360 – 2390 MHz - Spectrum on offer

· 2390 – 2400 MHz - Guard Band

NCC notes: “The proposed licensing of 2.3 GHz spectrum has been influenced by the need to provide Retail Service Providers (ISPs and others users) with the requisite wholesale wireless access and bandwidth to provide service to their subscribers in consonance with the National Broadband Plan of 2013.”

The spectrum is offered by the Commission on a technology neutral basis. However, for roll-out of services, the Commission intends to follow the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommendation setting aside spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band for the provision of wireless broadband services.

The Reserve Price for the 30 MHz of unpaired spectrum for a ten (10) year license has been set at US $23 million (Twenty three million US Dollars).

On completion of the Auction process the Commission will issue a ten (10) year spectrum license and Wholesale Wireless Access Service License (WWASL). The WWASL Operational License will attract an additional fee of One Hundred and Fifty Five Million Naira only (N155,000,000.00) for the winner that does not currently hold a Unified Access Service License (UASL).

The Auction will take place during the week commencing 17th February, 2014.

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