The Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) has urged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to shelve its plan to increase internet penetration via the award of frequency spectrum to companies on a national basis.
Instead, the group is urging the commission to consider the allocation of frequencies on a zonal basis.
Speaking in Lagos, Bayo Banjo, NIG president, said many companies would be interested in obtaining frequencies on a zonal basis.
“Rather than the practice of allocating frequency nationally, the regulator should look in the way of allocating frequency on a zonal basis,” Banjo said.
He noted that over the years, the NCC had awarded frequencies on a national basis which according to him had not yielded the desired results.
Furthermore, he said by awarding frequencies on a zonal basis, it would become relatively easier for the commission to revoke unused frequencies.
He said: “The practice of having a national frequency allocation is not helping the situation. If you allocate zonal frequency and such a frequency is not being put into use, it will be easy for the NCC to revoke it.”