The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued two additional Infrastructure Company (INFRACO) licences to deepen broadband penetration in the country.
The two new licensees are Zinox Technology Limited for Southeast and Brinks Integrated Solutions Limited for Northeast.
With this approval, the number of Infracos licensed so far is now four.
Over a year ago, MainOne Cable Company Limited had been licensed to provide services in Lagos while IHS got its licence to cover the North Central geopolitical zone including Abuja.
With the licensing of four Infracos: MainOne Cable, IHS, Zinox Technology and Brinks Solutions, three more licensees are awaiting approval to bring total number to seven.
The three pending licences are for South South, North West and South West regions
The commission’s spokesman, Tony Ojobo, explained that NCC has so far licensed a number of companies to stimulate broadband penetration.
These include Bitflux Communications Limited (Bitflux) for 2.3 GHz and MTN Nigeria for the 2.6 GHz licences.
Other licences are in the pipeline in this process.
As at December, 2017, Nigeria had attained 22 per cent broadband penetration.