Nigeria takes steps to license five remaining InfraCos

Telecoms

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced its intention to auction off the five remaining regional infrastructure company (InfraCo) licences, which allow for the deployment of metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure and associated transmission equipment on an open access, non-discriminatory and price-regulated basis. In January 2015 MainOne Cable and IHS secured the first two concessions – for Lagos State and the North Central Zone, respectively – and under the second phase of licensing, permits will be awarded for the five remaining zones: North East, North West, South East, South West and South South. The NCC says that the Request for Proposal (RFP) document detailing the commercial principles, key licensing conditions and technical specifications will be advertised and made available shortly.

The Open Access Model has been examined and found to be an appropriate model for fibre-optic backbone infrastructure in Nigeria to bridge the current broadband gap and deliver fast, reliable broadband services to households and businesses,’ the NCC said in a public notice on its website, adding: ‘It is envisaged that this initiative will address the challenges of congested transmission network and also mitigate the challenges arising from infrastructure sharing and rights of way issues.’

Source: Telegeography 8 September 2016