07 Dec Nigeria: NCC finalizes grant agreements for start-up of infrastructure companies
Austine Nwaulune, the Director of Frequency Spectrum Administration at the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), said the public body is finalizing grant agreements for starting MainOne and IHS infrastructure operators. The revelation, the top official at the NCC made it on November 29, 2017 during the West Africa Convergence Conference (WACC 2017), organized by Knowhow Me in Lagos.
In his presentation on “Broadband Convergence Objectives: The Regulatory Focus on Emerging Technology Needs in Nigeria,” Austine Nwaulune explained that the grant agreement is a public-private partnership (PPP) system for the provision of price-regulated broadband services in Nigeria. By facilitating greater broadband access, the Director of Frequency Spectrum Administration pointed out that the goal is to achieve a 50% penetration rate by 2020.
MainOne and IHS won their infrastructure license in 2015, after bidding on the tender, launched by the telecom regulator. Seven licenses were to be issued. There are five left to attribute. Once in operation, MainOne should provide its services in Lagos while IHS would do so in the North of the country. The remaining licenses are intended for the provision of service in the Northeast, North-West, South-East, South and South-West of Nigeria.
Source; Agence Ecofin