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Nigeria Infracos licensing will drive national broadband plan, NCC says

Nigeria Infracos licensing will drive national broadband plan, NCC says
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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the ongoing licensing of Infrastructure Companies (Infracos) to provide metro fibre infrastructure in all towns and cities across Nigeria is aimed at achieving the vision of the National Broadband plan.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Dr Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC”]According to him, “the process for the licensing of 2 Infracos in Lagos and North Central zones is currently ongoing and will be concluded in September 2014. While the licensing of 5 additional Infracos for the other regions of the country are scheduled to be concluded by end of the year.” [/blockquote]
Dr Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC said that the licensing of wholesale license using 30 Mega Hertz bandwidth in the 2.3 Giga Hertz frequency band also aims at achieving the same objective.

Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
Dr. Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

Juwah said this in a speech titled “Achieving Nigeria’s broadband vision – the regulatory imperative” at the 64th Edition of Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State.

According to the chief watchdog at NCC, “the licensing of wholesale license using 30 Mega Hertz bandwidth in the 2.3 Giga Hertz frequency band and the ongoing licensing Infrastructure Companies (Infracos) to provide metro fibre infrastructure in all towns and cities across the country is a deliberate measure of the Commission towards the achievement of the vision of the National Broadband plan.”

According to him, “the process for the licensing of 2 Infracos in Lagos and North Central zones is currently ongoing and will be concluded in September 2014. While the licensing of 5 additional Infracos for the other regions of the country are scheduled to be concluded by end of the year.”

Juwah said that “the broadband vision for Nigeria is one of a society of connected communities with high speed internet and broadband access that facilitates faster socioeconomic advancement of the nation and its people. The Telecommunications industry regulator plays a critical role towards the achievement of the objectives of the plan especially with respect to connecting communities with high speed internet and broadband access.”

According to NCC, the Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) is a platform that brings telephone consumers and service providers together, with the aim of resolving consumer complaint as well as informing and educating stakeholders on developments in the telecoms industry.

The 64th Edition of Consumer Outreach Programme (COP) was themed “Cyber Bullying: Concerns and Safety Precautions.”

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