NCC begins North Central/Lagos Infracos selection for Open Access Broadband

NCC-logoBy Chris Alu

 The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has begun it plans of deploying affordable and pervasive broadband services across Nigeria have begun with an invitation to Infrastructure Companies.

They are expected to submit bids for the first phase of the programme which will cover Lagos state and North Central Zone of the country.

In the notice of invitation to interested bidders, Dr. Eugene Juwah, executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, said the Infracos would be expected to deploy metropolitan optic fibre infrastructure and associated transmission equipment in Lagos State and North Central zone on an open access, non-discriminatory, price regulated basis.

Dr. 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 also explained that it is envisaged to address the challenges of fibre deployment in towns and cities, promote infrastructure sharing, reduce Right of Way issues and transform the beneficiary states to smart states, amongst others.

Dr. Juwah also informed that competent companies, consortium of which at least one of the consortium members must be a Nigerian registered company or firms including those who had earlier expressed interest are invited to submit tender for consideration.

In the bid document for the selection process and criteria which is available on the NCC website, the submission of bids from interested companies will end on August 4, 2014.


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