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38GHz & 42GHz License Will Improve Internet Access – NCC

Stakeholders have 4 weeks to send their inputs to NCC for consideration


Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday in Lagos held stakeholders consultative forum on licensing of 38GHz, 42GHz and re-planning of 23GHz bands in order to increase its availability from 7MHz to 28MHz and improve internet access.

According to Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the aim of the forum is to gathered stakeholders inputs in regulator’s plans to licence the frequency bands for broadband internet access.

The EVC, who was represented by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo,  said the proposed switchover date from the 7MHz to 28MHz in the existing 23GHz frequency band is set for May 30, 2017, while the timeline for the utilisation of the new 38GHz and 42GHz spectrums, will take effect from between three to six months time, depending on when NCC comes out with the final framework on the new spectrums, which will be awarded on a ‘first come-first served basis.

Ojobo, said: “The emerging trend in the telecoms sector in Nigeria today, is broadband, which will certainly require massive deployments in terms of critical infrastructure, if the country is to achieve the set target of government of 30 per cent broadband penetration by 2018. The growth of broadband traffic is on the increase and therefore, additional spectrum resources would be required to avoid network challenges.”

Stakeholders were allowed 4 weeks or one month to send their inputs either by email or by post  to the apex industry regulator for consideration.

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