NCC Set to Licence Amateur Radio Services, 60GHz Band in Nigeria

In line with global best practice, the Nigerian Communcations Commission (NCC), the telecons industry regulator, said on Tuesday it would licence the amateur radio services and the 60GHz band designed to open up spectrum licences that have been relatively scarce.

Addressing stakeholders at a consultative forum in Lagos to announce the opening of the 60GHz spectrum and presentation of the draft guideline for the deployment of amateur radio in Nigeria, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Research and Development at the NCC, Mrs. Abigail Sholanke, said radio frequency spectrum is the fundamental resource for the provision of wireless communication services and has increasingly become scarce due to the emergence of new technologies and the growing demand for wireless services.

“In order to facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership with relevant stakeholders, facilitate broadband penetration, optimise spectrum usage and its benefits, as well as ensure regulatory excellence and operational efficiency among others, the Commission has decided to yet again to provide an avenue for stakeholders and users of telecommunication resources, to converge and make inputs to be considered in the opening up of the 60GHz spectrum bond and draft regulatory framework for amateur radio.,” Danbatta said.

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