Visafone Beats Multilinks and 2 others to Win 800mhz Spectrum Band in Nigeria


Visafone Communications Ltd has emerged reserved bidder ahead of Multilinks and two other telecoms company for the 3 Carriers (3.75 MHz) in the 800 MHz spectrum band license to operate in 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja .

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), sequel to a public notice on the auction for the band, announced weekend that only four licensed companies, namely, GiCell Wireless, TC Africa Telecoms Network, Multilinks and Visafone Communications, met the pre-qualification criteria, including payment of a N40 million Intention-to-Bid deposit, at the close of business on July 9, 2007.

The NCC said, after evaluating the bids from the companies with regards to the advertised pre-qualification criteria, Visafone Communications Limited was been successful in its bid and that it expects to receive payment of the Reserve Price of N 400 million less the Intention-to-Bid Deposit of N40 million, within 14 business days of the provisional award beginning July 13.

In a public notice advertising the opening of bids, the NCC said and the spectrum licence shall be valid for a period of five (5) years in the first instance and open to companies operating in Nigeria .

The spectrum in the 800 MHz band won by Visafone are (Rx MHz) 881.31 882.57 883.83 and (Tx MHz) 836.31 837.57 838.83 the applicable States are Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Edo, Delta, Benue, Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto States and the FCT, Abuja.

According to the NCC notice, the spectrum was offered on a technology neutral basis and undertook the process under the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommendations for the provision of telecommunications services in the 800MHz spectrum band.

The NCC had said based on the number of companies that have indicated interest for spectrum in the 800MHz band, it decided to adopt an auction process to promote competition as well as to ensure transparency and fairness.

The NCC had listed the following pre-qualification criteria: possession a subsisting national network operating licence or Unified Access Service (UAS) License; applicants should have no outstanding obligations due as at the deadline for submission of applications; a Bidder must not have a relationship with another Bidder; submission of information using the templates provided in the Information Memorandum; and payment of the sum of =N=40 million (Forty Million Naira) as an Intention-to-Bid Deposit.

(Source: This Day)