Eugene Juwah, NCC CEO
Nigeria has announced fresh plans to begin another round of frequency auction aimed at creating further opportunities for broadband penetration as the country is set to auction the 2.3GHZ spectrum which specifically supports broadband rollout.
Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, disclosed this on Tuesday in Dubai, at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union Conference (ITU Telecom World 2012), while speaking at the ‘Nigeria Day,’ designed to persuade telecoms investors to invest in Nigeria.
He said: “Nigeria has two slots of frequency to auction and every arrangement like the technical specifications approval for the 2.3GHz spectrum sale is ready and we will auction the frequency in December this year.”
He employed the opportunity to invite core investors from developed economies of the world to study the Nigerian environment and prepare for biding process for the auction that would be announced before December this year.
Apart from the 2.3GHz spectrum, Juwah said Nigeria would have more frequency spectrums like the 2.6 GHz when the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators who are currently occupying the frequency migrate to Long Term Evolution Technology (LTE) by 2015.
“Presently, the frequency band is being occupied by CDMA operators and they have been directed by the National Frequency Management Board (NFMB) to migrate from analogue to digital by 2015. At the end of the migration, the frequency, which supports broadband, will become free for the use of broadband rollout,” Juwah said.
While speaking to core investors, Juwah said the commission had made it easier for investors to invest in Nigeria’s broadband by unbundling the fibre infrastructure into three layers. He listed the unbundled layers to include Passive, Active and Retail, adding that investors could make a choice and decide what to invest in.
He said Nigeria had built additional Internet Exchange Points (IXPN) to address re-direction of local traffic through the availability of broadband access, instead of allowing internet traffic to be routed from Nigeria to United States before returning to Nigeria through an Internet Protocol (IP) address system.