From Lagos, The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly warned that licensed operators who underutilise their capacity – or fail to put their license to full use – could lose their licenses.
Local media have published details of an announcement by the executive vice chairman of the NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, that the regulatory body intends pressing ahead with plans to license a new operator for a wholesale broadband service in the 2.3GHz frequency band – apparently against the wishes of existing operators.
These operators, including Spectranet and Mobitel, are on the 2.3GHz frequency and there is said to be 30Mhz of bandwidth still available – which operators are eager to have shared between them.
The NCC has opted to rather attract a new operator through the auctioning of this remaining slot in the spectrum.
A report by This Day quotes insider sources as claiming the motivation by NCC to seek out a new operator is based on the realisation that the 2.3GHz spectrum license is being “grossly underutilised”.
Juwah is quoted by the publication as saying, “The commission considers the role of wholesale broadband services to the success of its Open Access Broadband Strategy and has decided that there shall be no restriction with respect to who qualifies to participate in the auction of the remaining 30MHz band in the 2.3GHz spectrum, provided that the applicant is a company duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.”