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NCC Issues 14-Days Vacation-Order to Telecoms Operators on 5.4 GHz Frequency Band, Warns of Criminal Charges

NCC Issues 14-Days Vacation-Order to Telecoms Operators on 5.4 GHz Frequency Band, Warns of Criminal Charges

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has warned telecommunications service providers, private/public organizations to stay clear from approved used of 5.4 GHz frequency band spanning 5.430 – 5.725 GHz range is a licensed frequency in Nigeria.

The Commission is a statement by the Director, Public Affairs of the NCC, Mr Reuben Muoka, said that the transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without a Frequency license obtained from the Commission is illegal.

“All telecommunications service providers, private/public organizations or any person(s) using this band in any location across the country should note that pursuant to Section 122 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, it is a criminal offence to operate in any frequency not duly assigned by the Commission”, the Commission said..

According to the NCC, the consequences of such act may lead to imprisonment, sanction and confiscation of equipment used in operating the illegal services.

The Regulator gave a14-day enforcement notice to all unlicensed operators on the 5.4GHz frequency band, spanning 5.430 725GHz to, forthwith, vacate and desist from further transmission of signals or use of equipment in any form on this band without authorization obtained Commission.

“The Commission shall, without further recourse 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 of services”, the NCC warned.

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