We will have the choice to auction 5G spectrum in December — NCC


The Nigerian Communications Price (NCC) has formally declared that the auction of the 3.5 Gigahertz (3.5 GHz) spectrum for the deployment of Fifth Expertise (5G) technology in Nigeria, will select space on December 13, 2021.

Per the Records Memorandum (IM) introduced by the Price at a stakeholder engagement discussion board organised on 5G spectrum in Lagos not too lengthy previously, NCC is adopting Ascending Clock Public sale layout, which is plot-essentially based fully while a mock auction has been slated for December 10, 2021, as a precursor to the explicit auction on December 13, 2021.

The IM offers data, conditions, obligations, monetary implication, timelines and various a actually noteworthy valuable sides on the planned 3.5Ghz spectrum auction.

The IM also explains the rollout obligations of the would-be eventual winners of the spectrum licence auction, whose reserve rate has been pegged at $197.4 million (N75 billion).

The IM also states that exclusively licensees, who find down rate of 10 per cent of the reserved reveal rate and with 100 per cent regulatory compliance would be allowed to take part in the auction while licensees with prominent money owed that have secured NCC’s acclaim for a rate knowing will more than possible be allowed to take part in the auction.

Per the IM, the auction comes with a 10-twelve months spectrum licence and a minimum requirement of an operational Universal Secure entry to Provider Licence (UASL). On the opposite hand, contemporary entrants or licensees with out a UASL will more than possible be required to build a UASL operational license to be commended for the 5G licence.

The eventual licensees will have a rollout responsibility knowing spanning a length of 10 years, initiating build from the date of award of the licence. Between the first and 2nd twelve months of the licence, the operators are anticipated to roll out provider in, at the least, one converse in every geo-political zone.

From the third to fifth twelve months, they are obligated to duvet your total zones. Between six to 10 years, they would possibly maybe possibly maybe aloof duvet your total states in the nation, per guidelines field out in the IM.

Talking at the discussion board, Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said the Ministry has been working closely with the Price to find decided that a actually noteworthy spectrum sources wanted for the deployment of 5G community in Nigeria to urge the nation’s digital financial system converse is made on hand.

Represented by a Director in the Ministry, who is similtaneously the Secretary, Nationwide Frequency Management Council (NFMC), Abubakar Ladan, the Minister said the 3.5GHz is the most popular spectrum band prone globally by regulators and operators for the deployment of 5G technology, and it seems the exclusively band on hand in Nigeria for instantaneous use by operators.

In his cope with, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Umar Garba Danbatta, listed the a ramification of steps diligently taken by the Price that culminated in contemporary build of dwelling of the 5G deployment knowing. He also reeled out data to interpret how winning investment in 5G deployment will more than possible be for doable operators and investors in the nation.

Per him, “Nigeria has an estimated population of 214 million, with a median suppose rate of 2.6% yearly. Approximately 76.46 per cent of the population is under the age of 35. Per these demographic adjustments, web penetration grew from 3 per cent in 2004 to 73.82 per cent as at September, 2021, and broadband penetration elevated from lower than 10 per cent in 2015 to 40.01 per cent in September, 2021.”

He said while the realm affect of Fourth Expertise (4G) technology triggered magnify in mobile utilization and community efficiency, 5G technology will leverage on this momentum, bringing fantastic community improvements, including better connection urge, mobility and skill, besides low-latency capabilities.

The Forum became properly attended by exchange stakeholders, including operators, exchange associations and groups, advocacy our bodies, and the media.

The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), among others, called on the government to proceed to find the working atmosphere more conducive for the original and doable licensees in the telecom ecosystem, in reveal to enable Nigeria to completely harness and harvest the derivable benefits of mobile technology in the nation.

The stakeholder engagement discussion board became organized in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 and NCC’s tradition of consultative regulatory practice.



Ikechukwu Adinde

Director, Public Affairs

November 6, 2021

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