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NBC’s N34Bn Frequency Dispute: NCC To Remain Passive

Communications Commission (NCC) has said it will remain passive to National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) sale of the frequency because it was not consulted as Nigeria’s apex regulator and custodian of telecoms frequency.

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Speaking in Abuja at National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), NCC EVC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said  NCC under his watch would not join issues with the NBC on the sale of the frequency which it had held in contempt as it was not consulted.

“We are not going to join issues with the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, a sister agency of government. There is an inter-agency mediation mechanism at the level of Nigerian Frequency Management Council. I am happy today to report that the frequency council has indeed intervened in the 700GHz spectrum dispute.”

NBC had sold 700MHz spectrum to MTN for N34 billion without any bidding in a bid to raise money for the nation’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.

According to him, ‘‘the public will be informed at the right time about its resolution on the matter. I do not want to pre-empt the resolution of the Frequency Management Council on this matter but we are confident that it will do justice to it.”

 

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