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NCC Threatens To Imprison Illegal Users Of 5.4GHz Frequency Band In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to imprison and fine companies who illegally occupy the 5.4GHz frequency band in Nigeria.
The Commission has gone as far as saying that it will even confiscate equipment being used by some of these companies.

The 5.4GHz is known to have less traffic through use and can handle traffic more efficiently, hence its popularity.

The NCC said that some companies, including government agencies in 11 states, are currently occupying the 5.4GHz frequency band illegally.
The regulator named 63 companies, including three government agencies, 55 telecoms, six banks, and some technology companies. 

The Commission said that the 5.4GHz band spanning 5.430-5.725GHz frequency range had been licensed in Nigeria. It stressed that the transmission of signals or the use of equipment on the band without a frequency license from the NCC is illegal.

Listed agencies and companies include the Kaduna State Government House; MainOne, Swift Talk, Bet Naija, Lagos Internal Revenue Service; Helios Towers, MTN, Airtel, Globacom, 9Mobile, Sky Link, Vodacom and NETCO, among many others. 

The document signed by the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu, states that those discovered to be using the band in the designated places are doing it illegally and gave a 14 day enforcement notice to all unauthorized operators on the band to vacate and refrain from further transmission of signals in any form on the band without authorization from the NCC.

The telecoms regulator said it would upon expiration of the stipulated deadline begin with enforcement action including, but not limited to fines, prosecution and confiscation of equipment used for the illegal transmission of services.


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