NCC issues three more InfraCo licences

29 Oct 2018

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has awarded a further three regional infrastructure company (InfraCo) licences, which allow for the deployment of metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure and associated transmission equipment on an open access, non-discriminatory and price-regulated basis. Local newspaper The Punch reports that Sammya Limited (formerly Odua Telecoms) was licensed for the North West region (excluding Lagos), while Fleek Networks Limited won the bid for the North West zone and Raeanna Nigeria Limited has been licensed to build broadband infrastructure in the South South region.

MainOne Cable and IHS secured the first two concessions – for Lagos State and the North Central region, respectively – back in January 2015, with Zinox Technologies later licensed for the South East region and Brinks Integrated Solutions authorised for the North West zone. In August 2018, however, it was reported that IHS had returned its InfraCo licence following difficulties in securing right of way approval from local state governments to deploy infrastructure in the North Central zone.