Nigeria's telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has awarded four 3G licenses. The regulator originally announced the tender for the licenses last year and the tender commenced last month. A total of 17 companies responded to the tender, and four companies made formal applications.
These applications were from:
- Alheri Engineering (an existing long distance landline operator)
- Celtel Nigeria
- MTN Nigeria Communications
The 4 applicants? submissions were evaluated with respect to the compliance details outlined in the Information Memorandum. Each applicant was found to have been fully compliant. In these circumstances, where the number of applicants matches the number of lots, no further allocation process is required. As such, the NCC announced that each of the applicants has been successful in its bid for a 10MHz lot in the 2GHz band.
The Commission expects to receive the Licence Fees, being the Reserve Price of US$150 million less the Intention-to-Bid Deposit of US$15million, within 14 business days of Award of the Provisional Licence. Upon receipt of cleared funds, the Commission will award the Spectrum Licence.
The fourth main incumbent mobile operator, Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications (mtel) did not seem to have applied for a 3G license."
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