Nigeria: NCC Temporarily Stops Allocation of Frequency Spectrum In Preparation For 5G

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has made the decision to suspend the allocation of frequency spectrum that was likely to be approved by the International Telecommunications Union for 5G services.
The NCC had been planning to offer frequencies in three different bands in preparation for the 5G roll-out in 2020.
The CEO, who is also the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Umar Danbatta said that it was vital to suspend the allocation of 4.2 GHz, 3.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequencies operators so that there would not be any hindrance when they were eventually assigned for the upcoming 5G services by the ITU.
He said that the regulator had identified some of the potential frequency bands that would possibly be harmonised for 5G installations in region one and thus had suspended the licensing of those frequencies to make sure that Nigeria would not be caught unawares when the standardisation bodies harmonised them.
Danbatta added that the NCC was already working on the three primary factors that would drive 5G installations, namely infrastructure, regulation and spectrum, ahead of the 2020 roll-out.
Meanwhile, the GSMA in Nigeria has set the total bandwidth assigned to mobile operations in the country at 470 MHz so far.
The GSMA said that this is more than the sub-Saharan African average of 268 MHz in the past few years. They also added that some inefficiencies may still exist in the use of spectrum, as approximately a quarter of that assigned for mobile is being used by a number of service providers that jointly account for a little less than 2 percent of the mobile market.
According to the association, this includes more or less 50 MHz of valuable sub-1 GHz spectrum that is crucial for creating good mobile broadband coverage throughout Nigeria.

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