Broadband | ‘Unauthorised’ spectrum users ‘risk jail term’

Broadband | ‘Unauthorised’ spectrum users ‘risk jail term’

Broadband | ‘Unauthorised’ spectrum users ‘risk jail term’

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The Federal plans a clampdown on unauthorised users of frequency spectrum spanning 5.470 – 5.725 GHz range, often used to provide broadband services.

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned of consequences ranging from “imprisonment, sanction and forfeiture of equipment used in operating the illegal services” for unauthorised users on the frequency band.

Professor Umar Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman at NCC.
Professor Umar Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman at NCC.

The nation’s telecoms watchdog says that “transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without a frequency license obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission is illegal and shall not be tolerated.”

Danbatta said in a statement that NCC is giving a 14-day pre-enforcement notice “to all unlicensed operators on the 5.4 GHz band spanning 5.470 – 5.725 GHz to forthwith vacate and desist from further transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without authorisation obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission.”

According to him, “all concerned operators/companies or any person(s) using this band should note that it is a criminal offence pursuant to the section 122 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003 to operate on any frequency not duly assigned by the Commission. The consequences of such act may lead to imprisonment, sanction and forfeiture of equipment used in operating the illegal services.”

The CEO of the telecoms watchdog also said that “the Commission shall without further resources and upon expiration of the stipulated deadline commence appropriate enforcement action including but not limited to prosecution, fine and confiscation of equipment used in the illegal transmission.”

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