Upcoming 2.3 GHz frequency spectrum auction will be open to all bidders, Juwah assures as momentum gathers

By The Citizen

Eugene Juwah 
Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again assured that the imminent auction of a single slot of 2.3GHz frequency will be open to all bidders.

The telecoms regulator made the reassurance to clarify the necessary qualification criteria that intending bidders must meet participate in the frequency spectrum sale scheduled for early 2014.

According to Juwah, 'the auction is therefore open to new entrants as well as companies operating in the telecommunications market in Nigeria and abroad.'

According to the NCC boss, 'the Commission, in consideration of the role of wholesale broadband services to the success of its Open Access Broadband Strategy, has decided that there shall be no restriction with respect to who qualifies to participate in the auction, provided that the applicant is a company duly registered in Nigeria with the Corporate Affairs Commission.'

Juwah said that the clarification became necessary following stakeholders requests for qualification criteria in the upcoming exercise.

'Further to the Notice issued by the Nigerian communication commission (NCC) on behalf of the federal government of Nigeria on Friday, November 15, 2013, and in direct response to comments by stakeholder on Qualification Criteria, the Commission hereby provides clarification on persons who can apply to participate for the one frequency licence in the 2.3 GHz band', Juwah said in a statement issued by the telecoms regulatory agency.

Attention is being focused on the telecoms regulator, which recently unveiled plans to sell another key licence under a broader government plan to drive broadband penetration across Nigeria.

Milestones of Key NCC Licence Sales as announced by the telecoms regulator are listed below:

2001: Result of Auction of DML License
The Nigerian Digital Mobile Licence auction concluded successfully at the end of Auction Day 3 Round 5. The Successful Bidders are:

Communication Investments Limited. Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited. MTN Nigeria Communications Limited According to the Auction Rules concerning the conclusion of the auction at the end of the Ascending Bid Phase: 
'each Successful Bidder will be required to pay a Final Price equal to the Announced Price in the Last Round where each Successful Bidder responded YES.'  - Technology Times.

Technology Times.