Dr. Omobola Johnson, Nigerian Minister of Communication Technology and chairman of the Broadband Council, has instructed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to auction the 2.6 Gigahertz (GHz) spectrum frequency in the first quarter of 2015.

This decision was reached at the Broadband quarterly council meeting held on the 3rd of February. The Minister also instructed the agency to ensure that Bitflux Communications Limited accelerates the rolling out phase of its 2.3 Gigahertz (GHz) spectrum.

The minister admonished successful broadband spectrum bidders to implement their rollout faster in other to make their services available. Stating that the implementation of the Broadband rollout plan has led to a two percent increase in broadband penetration in 2014.

The council also decided that the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NiRA, must cut down the cost of registration of .NG domains so as to improve the rate of the domain acquisition and to make the price competitive on the global scale.

The Broadband council is made up of the Minister of Communication and 19 other council members and they are saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the modalities for the Nigerian Broadband Plan is met.

Lulu Fadoju Author

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