NCC Board approves New Infraco Licences for South-east, North-east

By Dele Ogbodo

The board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has approved two new additional infrastructure companies licences

for South-east and North-east in a bid to attain the 30 percent broadband penetration target by the end of 2018.

In a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, which was made available to Sharpedgenews online on Wednesday night, in Abuja, said  two new Infraco licencees are Zinox Technology Limited for South-east and Brinks Integrated Solutions Limited for North-east.

The 2 new approvals brings the number of Infracos licenced in the country to four.

The statement read: "Over a year ago, MainOne Cable Company Limited, had been licenced to provide services in Lagos while IHS got its licence to cover the North Central geopolitical zone including Abuja.

"The Infraco licences are based on the NCC’s Open Access Model (OAM) in line with the National Broadband Plan (NBP) of (2013 – 2018).

"By provisions of the NBP, Nigeria is expected to attain 30 percent broadband penetration by 2018."

As part of the initiative to achieve this, NCC, as the driver of this process, has so far licenced a number of companies to stimulate broadband penetration, the statement further added.

"These include Bitflux Communications Limited (Bitflux) for 2.3 Ghz and MTN Nigeria for the 2.6 Ghz licences. Other licences are in the pipeline in this process. As at December, 2017, Nigeria had attained 22 percent broadband penetration.

"With the licensing of four Infracos: MainOne Cable, IHS, Zinox Technology and Brinks Solutions, there are three more licencees waiting for approval to bring total number to seven." The statement said.


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