Nigeria: LTE covered by existing 2.3 Ghz licences – Juwah

Telecoms

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, last week said that the commission had not given licence to any operator in Nigeria to do LTE.

However, Juwah explained that though operators can do LTE on the platform of the 2.3Ghz licence which they already have, it was not as if there was no licence meant specifically for LTE services.

According to Juwah, NCC deliberately did not want to issue licenses on this platform because it needed to see that 3G services were properly deployed by the operators and the potentials fully harnessed by users before joining the next service level.

Juwah's explanation was a fall out of questions by ICT journalists in Lagos, on how operators can be assisted to deploy cutting edge services like 4G LTE in the rural areas to help transform their economies. He boasted that he wanted his regime at NCC to be remembered for allowing services achieve full potentials before lumping another one on the users, thereby creating opportunity for half-baked services.

Juwah, who exuded much confidence as he interacted with ICT reporters for the first time since he assumed office as NCC EVC six months ago, said that as a thorough professional, he believed in allowing users to understand every technology and personally analyse what benefits such technologies can give them before bombarding them with another.

He said the time to issue licences for LTE was only when the NCC was convinced that users had grown accustomed to the 3G services and needed services that offered more. This is even as he noted that his explanation was not to condemn those who have taken pains to go extra miles in providing the services.

Juwah noted: "Please understand me, I am not saying that 4G-LTE cannot be deployed by operators now on the platform they already have licence for, but that would only mean doing it on the frequency that it is not internationally specified for. Besides, doing LTE on the 2.3Ghz would cost the operators more. We have not issued license for LTE. You can agree with me that even 3G has not been fully harnessed here."