The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a tender for existing Nigerian telecoms licensees to bid for a 3.75MHz allocation in the 800MHz spectrum band covering 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The spectrum is being offered by the NCC on a technology neutral basis. The reserve price for the frequencies has been set at NGN400 million (USD3.2 million) and the concession will be valid for a period of five years in the first instance. Based on the number of companies that have already indicated interest for spectrum in the 800MHz band, the NCC has decided to hold an auction. The deadline for the submission of bid applications and an ‘intention to bid’ deposit of NGN40 million is 9 July 2007. The auction itself is slated for 17 July.