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NCC Invites Bids for Optic Fibre Infrastructure

June 16, 2014

Emmanuel Okwuke

The plan by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to deploy affordable and pervasive broadband services across Nigeria has begun with an invitation to infrastructure companies, to submit bids for the first phase of the programme which will cover Lagos and the country's North Central geo-political zone.

According to the invitation to interested bidders, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, said the companies are expected to deploy metropolitan optic fibre infrastructure and associated transmission equipment on an open access, non-discriminatory, price regulated basis.

The submission of bids by interested companies will end on August 4, 2014.

Juwah explained that the Open Access Model adopted by the commission "has been examined and considered as a strategic means for the deployment of Optic Fibre backbone transmission infrastructure network in Nigeria that will bridge the current broadband gap, facilitate the development of local content and deliver cost effective services to households and businesses."

He said it is expected to address challenges of fibre deployment in towns and cities, promote infrastructure sharing, reduce Right of Way (RoW) issues and transform the beneficiary states to smart states, amongst others.

Continuing, he said the invitation to tender for consideration, is for competent companies, a consortium of which at least one of the members must be a Nigerian registered company, or firms including those who had earlier expressed interest.

Juwah recently told the Senate Committee on Communications about the planned commencement of the full scale implementation of the broadband expansion programme. This, he added, was after full consultations with industry and international community, including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which has supported the Commission in the implementation of the programme that will be very transparent with the application of international best practice.

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Source: AllAfrica

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