NCC con­sid­er­ing spec­trum shar­ing reg­u­la­tions

The Punch - - ICT CLINIC - Ife Ogunfuwa

The nige­rian com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­mis­sion is de­vel­op­ing reg­u­la­tions that will al­low tele­com op­er­a­tors to lease spec­trum to one an­other.

The ex­ec­u­tive Vice chair­man of the com­mis­sion, Prof. Umar Dan­batta, dis­closed this at the Demo launch of 5g net­work in la­gos.

Dan­batta, who was rep­re­sented by the ncc’s la­gos Zonal co­or­di­na­tor, mr henry ojiokpota, stated that the reg­u­la­tions would ad­dress the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with un­avail­able spec­trum in the in­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing him, the in­fra­struc­ture shar­ing reg­u­la­tions, which is still at the draft stage, will drive com­pe­ti­tion in the util­i­sa­tion of 5g in In­ter­net of Things and smart cities, among oth­ers.

“The ncc is look­ing at rolling out in­fra­struc­ture shar­ing reg­u­la­tions, which is still at the draft stage. We be­lieve such reg­u­la­tions will be able to re­solve the is­sues of the spec­trum and help op­er­a­tors to lease spec­trum to one an­other and move the tele­com in­dus­try for­ward,” Dan­batta said. to

he also ex­plained that the tele­com reg­u­la­tor was still con­sult­ing with the na­tional As­sem­bly re­gard­ing the na­tional in­fra­struc­ture bill, which he said was at the fi­nal stage.

he said once the bill was signed into law, tele­com in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try would be ad­e­quately pro­tected.

“We will con­tinue to con­sult with the na­tional As­sem­bly on the na­tional in­fra­struc­ture bill and it is in the fi­nal stage. hope­fully, when it is signed, and it be­comes ac­tive, the in­fra­struc­ture will be pro­tected,” he added.

mean­while, the ncc has ex­pressed ex­cite­ment at the Demo launch of 5gnet­work by mtn nige­ria, not­ing 5g re­mained the key to the fu­ture that would sup­port sig­nif­i­cantly faster mo­bile broad­band speeds, which is one of the com­mis­sion’s agenda.

“The 5g rep­re­sents the bedrock of fu­ture com­mu­ni­ca­tions and nige­ria can­not af­ford not to be part of that fu­ture. The ncc is ex­cited about what mtn is do­ing to­day be­cause they are ac­tu­ally open­ing up the fu­ture,” ojiokpota said.

he said the com­mer­cial launch of 5g would sup­port busi­nesses’ in­no­va­tive am­bi­tions and cre­ate new mar­kets, trans­form sup­ply chain man­age­ment as well as cre­ate smarter and more ef­fi­cient man­u­fac­tur­ing.

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