NCC to auction 2.5GHz spectrum

17 Jun 2008

The Nigeria Communications Commission plans to auction spectrum in the 2.5GHz band as it seeks to boost broadband services in the country, according to IDG News Service quoting comments from Ernest Ndukwe, the watchdog’s CEO. ‘It is our intention to issue spectrum licences in that band because that is the band that is earmarked for broadband infrastructure,’ said Ndukwe in Abuja. The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) currently holds some of the spectrum in the 2.5GHz band, but the regulator says that as soon the frequencies are freed up they will be offered to telecoms operators. One possible use of the spectrum would be for WiMAX services.