Why 5G Auction Won’t Hold – NCC

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Why 5G Auction Won’t Hold – NCC
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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that only Airtel Network Limited has emerged as a sole bidder for its 3.5GHz spectrum band for 5G deployment in the nation.

Based on this, there shall be no auction as Airtel would be assigned one of the available lots of 100 MHz TDD Spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for the NCC’s reserve price of $273.60 million.

The commission stated this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to it, by the close of business on Monday, December 5, 2022, only two companies had expressed interest in the auction of its 3.5GHz spectrum band, but only one paid its required intention to bid deposit.

The companies were Airtel and Standard Network and Connections Limited.

It said, “However, only Airtel paid the Intention to Bid Deposit as stipulated in the Information Memorandum, whereas, Standard Network sent an email appeal for the deadline to be extended by 12 working days which was not acceptable in view of the auction timetable.

“Having met all the provisions in the IM, Airtel has, therefore, emerged as the sole Bidder. Consequently, there shall be no further bidding and the Commission will proceed to the assignment stage in line with the published Information Memorandum guiding the licensing process.”