Nigeria: NCC To Issue More Infracos Licenses, Auction More Spectrum To Improve Broadband
In a bid to achieve the 30% target for universal broadband delivery set by the Federal Government of Nigeria for December 2018, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would seek to offer additional infrastructure provider licences and auction more spectrum.
According to the agency's Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta, Nigeria has improved its broadband penetration from 10% to 22%; it is also currently doing all that is possible to achieve the remaining 8% target as planned. Professor Danbatta added that a plan to license more infrastructure companies (Infracos) and auction more frequency licenses is also being initiated.
On the issue of fulfilling consumer expectations and the quality of service issues, the NCC boss said the agenda being rolled out would cover all areas of concern the Nigerian consumer. According to him, the NCC is set to satisfy consumers with high quality, affordable, available and speedy internet connection.
The implementation of the plan to provide Nigerians with quality broadband services is being hindered by some challenging issues such as spectrum management and infrastructure performance.