Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, partnered with the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC and other vital stakeholders in the industry, to develop a necessary framework for leveraging television white space, TVWS, between 2015 and 2019.
This is part of the Commission’s further strategic implementation of its 8-point agenda, using technology as a platform, to extend broadband services that are affordable to the unserved and the under-served in the rural communities in Nigeria.
As an unused broadcast spectrum, TVWS can be deployed in the telecommunications sector, thus, enabling the provision of cheaper broadband services for users, within the country.
This is necessary to achieve universal access and universal service in accordance with Nigeria’s digital agenda.
The collaboration is, in accordance with the fifth pillar of the Commission’s 8-point Agenda, which focuses on partnership and strategic collaboration, with necessary government agencies and stakeholders, to drive the development frontiers of the industry.
Following the approval for the use of TVWS technology in Nigeria, by the National Frequency Management Council, NFMC, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, through the Commission, took up the initiative and came up with a framework, for its deployment in the country.
A stakeholders’ forum, on a framework for the deployment of TVWS was held in 2019. During that forum, Austine Nwaulune, Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC, stressed that, ensuring that, all Nigerians are connected is, the priority of the Commission.
“We are, continuously, in a quest, to achieving rural connectivity goal and this quest, has led us, as a Commission, into embarking on several initiatives, to actualise this pervasive connectivity objective in Nigeria”, he concluded.
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