The Nigerian Communications Commission hereby informs the general public that the 5.4GHz band spanning 5.470 – 5.725 GHz frequency range is a licensed band in Nigeria.
Transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without a frequency license obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission is illegal and shall not be tolerated.
In a statement signed by Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION and posted on its website said all concerned operators/companies or any person(s) using this band should note that it is a criminal offence pursuant to the section 122 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003 to operate on any frequency not duly assigned by the Commission. The consequences of such act may lead to imprisonment, sanction and forfeiture of equipment used in operating the illegal services.
In view of the above, the Commission hereby gives a 14-day PRE- ENFORCEMENT notice to all unlicensed operators on the 5.4 GHz band spanning 5.470 – 5.725 GHz to forthwith vacate and desist from further transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without authorization obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission.
The Commission shall without further resources 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.
Detailed regulatory provisions for the deployment of services on the entire 5 GHz band are contained in the Guidelines for deployment of broadband Services on the 5.2 – 5.9 GHz band. This is available at www.ncc.gov.ng, under the legal and Regulatory Services for guidance.