The Nigeria Communications Commission has distanced itself from the N34bn licence deal the MTN struck with the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission to use the 700 mega-hertz spectrum.
The NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Dambata, made this known in the latest edition of the commission’s newsletter.
Dambata said the reason why the commission washed off its hand was that the deal between the NBC and MTN Nigeria was done without its involvement.
The NCC boss said it would seek arbitration and mediation through the Frequency Management Council, which is the highest authority on the management of spectrums.
Dambatta was quoted to have said the 700MHz spectrum shouldn’t have been auctioned by the NBC.
This, according to him, is because it is a telecommunication spectrum that is important for broadband penetration.
He was quoted as saying, “We do not intend to join issues with them (NBC and MTN) but we intend to avail ourselves of existing mechanism for arbitration and mediation through the Frequency Management Council.”