The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has inaugurated a committee to develop the Information Memorandum (IM) for an auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band which will be used for the early deployment of 5G services in in the West African country. The step follows the conclusion of a Senate investigation into the effects of 5G technology which concluded that it does not pose a risk to the security or health of users. The 18 member committee will develop the spectrum licence award process, including the terms and conditions of the auction, details of spectrum to be made available and an indicative timetable.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month the NCC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) to enable the rollout of 5G services. The agreement will lead to the freeing up of spectrum in the 3.5GHz-3.9GHz range which was used by NigComSat satellites, but will be reallocated to mobile operators for the deployment of 5G networks.