The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has reportedly issued a 14-day ultimatum to unauthorized telecom operators using the 5.4GHz Frequency spanning 5.430 – 5.725 GHz band to vacate the frequency band.
The Commission warned in a statement by Mr. Reuben Mouka, the Director of Public Affairs of the Commission, on Monday that the 5.4 GHz frequency band spanning 5.430 – 5.725 GHz range is a licensed frequency in Nigeria.
Mouka said transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without a Frequency license obtained from the Commission considered illegal.
“All telecommunications service providers, private/public organizations or any person(s) using this band in any location across the country should note that pursuant to Section 122 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, it is a criminal offence to operate in any frequency not duly assigned by the Commission.
“The consequences of such act may lead to imprisonment, sanction and confiscation of equipment used in operating the illegal services.
“In view of the above, the Commission hereby gives a 14-day enforcement notice to all unlicensed operators on the 5.4GHz frequency band, spanning 5.430 725GHz to, forthwith, vacate and desist from further transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without authorization obtained Commission.
“The Commission shall, without further recourse and upon expiration of the stipulated deadline, commence appropriate enforcement action including, but not limited to, prosecution, fine, and confiscation of equipment used in the illegal transmission of services.“A detailed regulatory provision for the deployment of services on the entire 5GHz band is contained in the Guidelines for Deployment of Broadband Services on the 5.2-5.9GHz band.
This is also available at www.ncc.gov.ng, under Licensing and Regulation (Regulatory Functions) for guidance.“This is a pre-enforcement notice,” the NCC said. BOARDROOM