NCC to License 5 Infrastructure Companies In July

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, made this known to newsmen at the Tell Communications Ltd. Awards, 2016, held in Lagos.

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it would license the remaining five Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) awaiting license by July.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, made this known to newsmen at the Tell Communications Ltd. Awards, 2016, held in Lagos.

The permit allows for the deployment of metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure and associated transmission equipment on an open access, non-discriminatory and price-regulated basis.

As outlined by the regulator’s ‘Open Access Next Generation Fibre Optics Broadband Network’ paper, which was published late last year, the InfraCos will be responsible for providing a national broadband network to service providers.

Danbatta said about 60 companies had applied for the licensing of the remaining zones for InfraCos licenses.

”This is a massive number and we are about to complete the processes of the licensing of the remaining five InfraCos very soon.

”And I am talking about July. We will come out with the information about the successful bidders.

”And those who are successful will be offered the licenses in consistence with the conditions of the regulatory framework of the open-access model that is driving the deployment of broadband infrastructure in the country,” he said.


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