Remaining InfraCo licences to be issued later this year

3 Feb 2016

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) plans to auction off the five remaining regional infrastructure company (InfraCo) licences within the next six months, the Daily Trust cities the regulator’s executive vice chairman, Umar Garba Danbatta, as saying at a press conference. The regional permits allow for the deployment of metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure and associated transmission equipment on an open access, non-discriminatory and price-regulated basis.

Under the next phase of licensing, permits will be awarded for the five remaining zones, namely: North East, North West, South East, South West and South South. MainOne Cable and IHS secured the first two concessions – for Lagos State and the North Central Zone, respectively – in January 2015, although the NCC says that it is currently engaging with the two companies to resolve issues hindering infrastructure rollout in the two zones.