The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) insists infrastructure companies (Infracos) to deploy broadband link or stand losing their licences.
Licensed Infracos are to create links for data services using an open system model across five geopolitical zones in the country and Lagos in the period of six months or risk withdrawal of license according to the NCC.
Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman, The threat was issued while recently speaking on the sidelines of the Nigerian Telecommunication Leadership Summit (NTLS2019) in Lagos says that “if visible activity in infrastructure deployment is not seen from any of the six infracos given the one-year grace license, six months ago, fail to deliver, the sanctions shall be applied.”
Zinox Technology which is to deploy infrastructure for the South East Zone; Raenna Technologies Limited for South-South; Fleek Networks for North West; O’odua Infraco Resource Limited for South West and Brinks Integrated Solutions Limited for the North East zone.
The commission then also licensed Infrastructure Company Limited (a subsidiary of MainOne Cable Company Limited) for Lagos state.
Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the special adviser to the president on political matters, Babafem Ojudu, expressed the Federal Government willingness to continuously act to contain the challenges facing telecom services in Nigeria, to ensure that any Nigerian yet to access affordable broadband will enjoy the services soon.
The VP says the “National Economic Committee will come up with an amicable solution as regards challenges they are facing in the sector.’