MTN Nigeria, Globacom, Airtel Nigeria and Zinox Telecoms are believed to have submitted bids for a national spectrum licence in the 2.3GHz frequency band, which is set to be auctioned off by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) later this month, local newspaper This Day reports. Etisalat Nigeria, Spectranet, MainOne, Mobitel and Brymedia have also declared an interest in bidding for the new ten-year licence, which has a reserve price of NGN3.67 billion (USD22.6 million). Under the regulator’s indicative auction timetable, interested bidders were required to submit a completed application for participation in the process by 5pm on 7 February, with notification of qualified bidders expected on 14 February. According to the NCC, the auction process is scheduled to begin on 19 February with a public announcement of the final result tentatively set for 14 March. As a complement to its Open Access Broadband Strategy, Nigeria is awarding one lot of 30MHz spectrum in the 2.3GHz band for the provision of wholesale wireless broadband access services to internet service providers (ISPs) and other retail telecoms service providers, which in turn will offer retail high speed internet access services to consumers.
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