NCS calls for more 3G licences

7 Aug 2008

The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has called on the government to issue more 3G licences, reports local newspaper The Punch. The president of NCS, Professor Charles Uwadia, said yesterday that ‘3G mobile communications services provide a window of opportunities for job creation in Nigeria. The Federal Government is, thus, urged through the Nigerian Communications Commission to grant additional licences to increase the diffusion and deployment of wireless and internet access in Nigeria’. Nigeria has issued 3G concessions to Glo Mobile, MTN Nigeria, Zain and Alheri Engineering, a firm owned by the Dangote Group. However, only Glo and MTN have rolled out next generation services. Nigeria’s newest mobile operator, Etisalat, has applied for a 3G licence, saying that it was central to its plans for the Nigerian market in the future.