NCC apologises for SAT-3 disruption; Mobitel wants 2.3GHz licence back

3 Aug 2009

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has apologised for the disruption of incumbent telco NITEL’s SAT-3 fibre cable, writes local daily This Day. The agency is said to be closely monitoring the situation and has told the newspaper that there are confirmed reports of a cut in the cable on the Cotonou link, which has disrupted services of local operator Suburban Telecoms. The NCC added that efforts are being made by both Suburban and telecoms operators in Cotonou to lease capacity from NITEL until the cable is repaired and services resumed.

In other news, This Day is also reporting that the Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked by Mobitel to nullify the federal government’s decision to cancel the licensing of national frequencies in the 2.3GHz band, conducted by the NCC in May 2009. Mobitel said it fulfilled all the conditions for acquisition of the licence by paying NGN1.4 billion (USD9.33 million) as prescribed by the NCC. The trial has been adjourned to 28 September 2009 for parties to adopt their written briefs.