The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the winner of a national spectrum licence in the 2.3GHz frequency band for the provision of wholesale wireless broadband access services. According to the regulator, Bitflux Communications and Globacom Limited pre-qualified as approved bidders for the 2.3GHz licence, with Bitflux emerging as the winner of the auction with a total bid of USD23.251 million, beating Globacom’s offer of USD23.050 million. Local newspaper This Day reports that Bitflux – a consortium of VDT Communications, BitCom Systems and Superflux International – has 14 business days to pay for the licence; if it fails to do so, then Globacom will be offered the concession. The 30MHz of spectrum will be used to provide 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 services to consumers.
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