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Nigeria: spectrum hunters face tough criteria

Nigeria: spectrum hunters face tough criteria.

The Nigerian government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is offering 10.5GHz frequency spectrum for sale to regional operators in the country's 5 geopolitical zones. This was announced by Dr. Eugene Juwah, NCC's
 Executive Vice Chairman/CEO.

He said available slots have opened in the 10.5 GHz band with bandwidth and licensing areas in the South-South, South-East, North-West, North- East and North-Central regions of Nigeria.

Information released by the commission revealed each slot will be licensed on regional basis with 28MHz of available bandwidth on the 10.5GHz frequency spectrum going to South-South, South-East, North-East, North-Central and North-West. 28MHz on the 10.5GHz frequency spectrum range is also on offer in South-East North-East and North-West zones.

"Interested applicants should download Wireless Local Loop (WLL) application form from the Commission's website and complete it in triplicate and submit to the Commission on or before 30/8/2015. Received applications will be processed further after this deadline," he said.

Interested bidders are also expected to satisfy conditions including rollout for each of the regions requested indicating the number of states targeted by year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in each region applied for.

They must also provide evidence of technical competence to deploy the licenses, including as the case may be, firmed relationship with Technical partners.

Prospective bidders are obligated to provide evidence of financial capacity to support the rollout target; this is in addition to a business plan – technical and financial.

According to the NCC, its spectrum pricing seeks to establish a transparent, fair, competitive and non-discriminatory pricing structure that include, but not limited to, auctions, "beauty contest" and other internationally accepted methods of bidding for the acquisition of frequency spectrum.

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