What has Globacom done with the SNO license in 8 years?

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Edition 592 of CyberSchuulNews.com carries an opinion piece on news that Bitflux Communications Ltd and Globacom Ltd are the two firms which have been pre-qualified by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as approved bidders for the impending 2.3 GHz Spectrum Auction.

The 2.3 GHz spectrum licence is for the provision of wholesale broadband service in Nigeria. To quote the NCC, it is for “delivery of broadband wireless access service at the wholesale level, to provide ISP’s and other Retail Telecoms Service Providers with the requisite bandwidth to service their subscribers. This wholesale broadband provider will have the required spectrum to expand wireless broadband access across the country to ISP’s and other Retail Telecom Service Providers for the provision of retail high speed internet access services.”

The interesting thing is that Globacom is Second National Operator, at least on paper. CyberSchuulNews raises tough issues about that status and Globacom’s involvement in this auction process.

Excerpts from the CyberSchuulNews.com article:

The first observation is whether any process that makes it possible for the 2nd National Operator with its bouquet of licenses collects the only license that is on the table can ever strengthen competition. We are talking of a market where the First National Operator, NITEL, is technically, and in reality, non-existent.

For emphasis, Globacom has held an SNO license for eight years without providing fixed services which the nation yearns for to count as a truly developing market. Surprisingly, the Regulator has not considered it necessary to push it in this direction beyond occasional rhetoric that fixed wired services would improve. You wonder if things get improved by mere wishes and ordinary talks.

The first operator, NITEL is effectively dead, leaving Globacom as the Sole National Operator. However, in eight years, Globacom is yet to roll out any fixed services. Why has the NCC turned a blind eye to this? What exactly is Globacom doing with that SNO license? Why should they get the opportunity to pick up this 2.3 GHz spectrum licence, considering that track record? Are we in a process to replace the monopoly that NITEL once had with another?

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0 thoughts on “What has Globacom done with the SNO license in 8 years?

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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    Why am I not surprised Glo hasn’t done anything meaningful with the licence? Remember their famed 4G LTE rollout, Glo-1. Glo at best is famous for noise making.

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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    The award of second National carrier was just to assuage GLO Mobile,

    Remember they lost plenty of time paying salaries and maintaining other facilities before they allowed to roll out.

    It’s noteworthy that Alheri Communucations, owned by the Dangote Group also held on to a 3G license, without doing anything for years, before eventually selling to Etisalat.

    We have had cases of television, radio, and publishing licenses being granted , and nothing being done, with no repercussion in the past.

    like OPLs, its mostly about patronage…not readiness, or any deserved competitive edge…

  • Feb 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    Nigeria is a wonderful nation. This is where you see people in authority, who should be working to promote competition, work instead to eliminate any form of competition. And this is not incompetence as we may like to say some times, but rather politicians working for their personal financial interests than that of the entire people of Nigeria.

    Why would MultiChoice that already has monopoly of DSTV in Nigeria be awarded Terrestrial Digital TV Licence to effectively eliminate any competition from the other small operators in that segment so that their monopoly on DSTV will not be weakened in any way? It’s just very unfortunate because these people are simply holding the country back because of their personal interests.

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