Nigeria’s 2.6GHz Spectrum Auction to Lead MS Affordability- GSMA

Nigeria-Telecommunication-TowerThe GSMA has projected the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) resumed 2.6 GHz spectrum auction process, as would pave the way for faster networks and more affordable smartphones for its citizens.

Mortimer Hope, director of Africa, GSMA, said that since the first 4G network was launched, the 2.6 GHz band has played a key role in the rollout of 4G networks around the world.

Hope who described the spectrum as the second most used band (after the 1,800 MHz band) when counting the number of networks and number of available devices, added that its popularity and the scale that comes with it is important “because it helps lower the cost of devices. 4G smartphones are still more expensive than their 3G counterparts, but prices are steadily dropping”.

Hope said, “Assuming operators are allowed to obtain at least 2 x 20 MHz of bandwidth (as they are in many parts of the world), the band can also improve network performance, offer faster data transmissions and greater capacity. Nigerian mobile subscribers should benefit from a higher quality viewing experience of Nollywood movies and popular video content, from the likes of Ndani.tv and Channels Television, directly on their smartphones.

“At the same time, licensing 2.6 GHz is only one element of supporting a successful 4G roll-out in Nigeria. The challenge with this spectrum is that the band is not suited to providing widespread coverage, so for a mobile operator to be able to offer great speeds as well as coverage it has to be combined with frequencies below 1 GHz.

“For example, the 700 MHz band is gaining momentum and is proving to be a good companion to the 2.6 GHz band. The same goes for 800 MHz. Operators that have been allowed to obtain licenses in two or more of these bands can combine them with a technology called “carrier aggregation” to offer high speeds.



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