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Sunday, September 25, 2016

NCC takes on Phase2 InfraCos licensing

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has commenced the Phase 2 of its licensing regime for the Infrastructure Companies (INFRACOS) for North-East, reports ITRealms.

Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo gave this indication in a public notice made available to ITRealms, saying that this phase would include the North-West, South-South, South-West and South East zones.

The INFRACOS, he said, when licensed will deploy metropolitan fibre infrastructure within its assigned territory on an open access, nondiscriminatory, price regulated basis.

As said by Ojobo, the Open Access Model has been examined and found to be an appropriate model for Optic Fibre backbone infrastructure in Nigeria to bridge the current broadband gap and deliver fast, reliable broadband services to households and businesses. 

It is envisaged that this initiative will address the challenges of congested transmission network and also mitigate the challenges arising from infrastructure sharing and Rights of Way issues.

In this project, he also said that the Federal Government shall provide financial support in the form of subsidy which shall be competitively determined to facilitate rollout obligations.

Therefore, he said, the Request for Proposal (RFP) document detailing the commercial principles, key licensing conditions and technical specifications shall be advertised and made available shortly.

Remmy Nweke/GEE
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