Nigeria: Fresh 2.3GHz Auction - Ministry Wants NCC to be More Transparent

Telecoms

Nigerians will, in few weeks, witness a fresh bidding exercise on the nation's 2.3GHz spectrum licence, following the acceptance of the regulator NCC to conduct another auction exercise as directed by the Federal Government. The Ministry of Information and Communications has, however, advised the NCC to be more transparent and avoid being hasty while carrying out the fresh bidding process.

A senior staff of the Ministry, who preferred anonymity, said there were lessons learnt from the initial auction exercise that was cancelled by the Federal Government, and called on NCC to follow due process and be more open in conducting the next round of auction. The NCC through its spokesman, Reuben Muoka, had last week, expressed the NCC's readiness to conduct a fresh bidding exercise on the 2.3 GHz spectrum licence.

According to Muoka, "the Commission pledges its absolute commitment to due process, respect for law, and unequivocal commitment to openness and transparency, and has always been guided by these principles in all its licensing processes."

Following the President's directive, the Board of NCC, chaired by Ahmed Joda, met last week in Abuja to review the issues concerning the new 2.3GHz frequency spectrum licensing process.

Relaying the outcome of the meeting in a statement, Muoka said the programme for the fresh bidding round for licences in the 2.3GHz band, and other frequency bands had been initiated by the Board of the Commission, and that full details would be announced in due course. NCC advised all stakeholders to look out for public announcements in regard to a fresh bidding exercise.

Daily Independent