The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) plans to award two of the seven regional infrastructure company (InfraCo) licences in May, local newspaper Vanguard cites the NCC’s executive vice chairman, Eugene Juwah, as saying. The remaining five regional concessions are expected to be auctioned off by the end of the year. As outlined by the regulator’s ‘Open Access Next Generation Fibre Optics Broadband Network’ paper, which was published late last year, the InfraCos will be responsible for providing a national broadband network on a non-discriminatory, open access and price regulated basis to all service providers. The NCC says it is committed to establishing a new broadband deployment environment in line with the National Broadband Plan, adding that the Open Access Model for fibre-optic network deployment is best suited to bridge the digital divide and deliver fast and reliable broadband services to households and businesses.
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