Ndukwe, Others Seek Secondary Market for Spectrum
STAKEHOLDERS in the Information Technology (IT) industry have called for the creation of secondary market for spectrum trading to ensure ubiquitous broadband, access and affordability.
The stakeholders who spoke at the just concluded Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI-Nigeria) Coalition Meeting unanimously called on the Federal Government to convoke all stakeholders’ Forum through the Frequency Management Board (FMB) to fine-tune regulatory impetuses to aid the process.
Country like India approved for spectrum trading in September this year with eighteen-point regulatory attachments to the process.
According to the speakers at A4AI, spectrum trading, though still strange to African market, is apt and will remove the bottlenecks associated with retrieving already allotted spectrum licenses, but unused.
Leading the discussion, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, national Coordinator of A4AI-Nigeria, said “Many African countries are not participating in spectrum trading, but Nigeria has always pride itself as taking the lead. We have led the Continent in terms of network expansions. In fact, the NCC has always been looked upon as the pacesetter in Africa in the area of the regulations of the telecoms industry.
“So, I want to support the speakers that those who have chunks of spectrum should be allowed to sale in the secondary market, because spectrum trading comes a proviso that you bought the spectrum in a competitive manner. It is not where you are dashed a spectrum then you go and sale it.