First two InfraCo licences to be awarded in September

20 May 2014

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) plans to award two of the seven regional infrastructure company (InfraCo) licences in September, local newspaper Daily Trust reports, citing NCC executive vice chairman, Eugene Juwah. One of the two concessions will cover the Lagos area, while the other will handle the North Central zone, including Abuja. The remaining five regional licences are expected to be auctioned off by the end of the year. As outlined by the regulator’s ‘Open Access Next Generation Fibre Optics Broadband Network’ paper, which was published late last year, the InfraCos will be responsible for providing a national broadband network on a non-discriminatory, open access and price regulated basis to all service providers. The NCC says it is committed to establishing a new broadband deployment environment in line with the National Broadband Plan, adding that the Open Access Model for fibre-optic network deployment is best suited to bridge the digital divide and deliver fast and reliable broadband services to households and businesses.