NCC targets increased broadband penetration

May 6, 2016 9:34 am27 commentsViews: 13

NCCAUGUSTINE OSAYANDE 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said the local telecommunications market would require massive deployment of  infrastructure to achieve the government’s broadband penetration targets  by 2018.

NCC Director, Public Affairs Tony Ojobo, stated this at a Stakeholders  Consultative Forum on Licensing of 38GHz and 42GHz Spectrum Bands and  Re-Planning of the 23GHz Band held in Lagos.

“That Broadband is the new emerging trend in the Nigerian  telecommunications market which will require massive deployment of  critical infrastructure so as to achieve the Government’s 30% broadband  penetration target by 2018,” Ojobo said.

He noted that the licencing of the 38GHz and 42GHz bands, together with  the Re-Planning of the 23GHz Spectrum Band would address the growing  demand by operators for spectrum, assist the commission’s drive for  National Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) initiative and reduce the
pressure and management challenges experienced with the traditional microwave frequency bands.

The objective of the forum is to provide an avenue for stakeholders to  make inputs to the licensing framework for the Stakeholders Consultative  Forum on Licensing of 38GHz and 42 GHz Spectrum Bands and Re-Planning of  the 23GHz Band.

This falls in line with the commission’s principle of participatory  regulation and industry consultation in carrying out its regulatory  functions.

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