08 Dec 5G mock auction holds Friday for rollout in 2022
The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta says the commission will carry out its mock auction of the 5G in on Friday, December 10, 2021, adding that this will be preparation for the main auction, scheduled to hold on Monday December 13, 2021, in Abuja.
Speaking at a capacity building workshop themed, ‘5G Deployment and the Next Level of Nigeria’s Development’, in Kano on Tuesday, he explained that Nigeria’s 5G plan will allow efficient allocation of spectrum for 5G deployment, and ensure its effective deployment in major urban cities by 2025.
He said that the much anticipated mock auction of the 5G spectrum for qualified telecommunication companies would hold on Friday, in preparation for the main auction scheduled for Monday December 13, 2021.
He said, “It is expected that the two slots to be auctioned will be picked up by successful bidders at the end of the auction on Monday, December 13, and following that, the stage will be set for the next phase of 5G roll-out commencing in 2022.”
According to the commission’s ‘Information Memorandum on 3.5 GHz Spectrum Auction’, about 12 states will enjoy 5G services within 2022 and 2023.