The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it will soon auction and assign new spectrum to boost broadband penetration.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta made this known in Lagos during the Telecom Executives and Regulator Forum, organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

Danbatta was represented at the forum with the theme, "Removing Barriers To Growth And Innovation", by the Deputy Director in charge of Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Mr Bako Wakili.

He said the spectrum was a critical mobile infrastructure.

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According to Dambatta, the commission would strive to provide the required frequency spectrum capacity needed for broadband deployment.

He told the gathering that the process for new spectrum auctions and assignments to drive mobile and wireless broadband was ongoing.

"The commission will facilitate the re-farming of existing spectrum held by operators to provide broadband services without impacting their Quality of Service (QoS) delivery.

"We will auction the 2.5/2.6 Gigahertz (GHz) spectrum for Fourth Generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) capacity requirements.

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"The commission will also auction the 700 Megahertz (MHz) band once available, for 4G LTE coverage requirements and will open up and assign other spectrum bands in an open and transparent manner," he said.

Danbatta also told the forum that the current status of broadband infrastructure in Nigeria showed that there was adequate international bandwidth from International submarine cable landing on the country’s shores.

He said that optimal deployment of broadband infrastructures was critical to driving broadband availability, accessibility and affordability in Nigeria.

"It will also unlock new opportunities and drive a second wave of growth in the telecommunications industry and the economy," he added.

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