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1. What is the process of obtaining frequency spectrum? Depending on the type of frequency spectrum issues section of the website. Complete the form as instructed and submit to the Commission along with the documents specified in the form.
2. What is the cost of frequency license? The  price of spectrum (excluding microwave frequencies) is calculated on an annual basis per state using a formula published on the website and also taking into consideration what tiers the state in which the frequency is to be deployed fall in. please visit the spectrum administration section of the site for full details.
3. What are the requirements for obtaining a frequency license? A fully incorporated company aiming to obtain a frequency license must first of all have an operating license (obtainable from the Legal and Regulatory Department of the Commission). Get a copy of the applicable frequency license either from our various offices or download a copy from the website. The completed application is then submitted in triplicate with a draft of N10,000.00(Ten Thousand naira) only being the processing fee and payable to the Nigerian Communications Commission. Other documents to be attached are indicated on page 2 of the application form.

 

4. How long does it take to obtain a frequency license? Depending on the availability and type of frequency required. A WLL frequency may take about 4 to 6 weeks while microwave frequency is about 3 to 4 weeks, provided all requirements as specified in the spectrum license form are met.
5. What is the process of reporting frequency interference? An operator or any legal frequency user who experience unlawful interference in his network can write a letter of interference complaint to the Commission. The letter is routed through the office of the CEO to the Spectrum Administration department who will immediately dispatch resources to the field to resolve the interference. The aggrieved operator may also call or send an email depending on the urgency of the matter with adequate proof of the interference including spectrum analyser traces.
6. How long does it take to resolve frequency interference? Response is immediate. However, the time taken depends on the nature, location and complexity of the interference.
7. When is frequency fees payable? Frequency fees are payable annually or once in 5 years or even 10 years for Wireless Local Loop (WLL). Microwave frequency fees are however, payable annually depending on usage.
8. What happens if an operator or frequency user does not pay for renewal? Frequency not paid for at the renewal anniversary is automatically forfeited.
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How do I know if a particular frequency is available for assignment? You have to make an enquiry in writing to the Nigerian Communication Commission.
10. Can we have the addresses to your Zonal Offices? Radio frequency emissions from antennas used for cellular and PCS transmissions result in exposure levels on the ground that are thousands of times below safety limits. Consequently, there is no reason to believe that such towers or antennas could constitute a potential health hazard to residents and students nearby.
11. How safe are mobile and portable phones? They are very safe. Over the years, concern over claims of possible health effects due to RF emissions from hand- held wireless telephones prompted various research programs to investigate whether there is any risk to users of these devices. However, there is no scientific evidence yet that proves that wireless phone usage can lead to cancer or a variety of other health effects. However, studies are ongoing.
12. What happens if I pay my spectrum fees but decide not to use the spectrum to deploy services? Spectrum assignments are done on the basis of use it or lose it. Unused spectrum are recovered and re-assigned to other spectrum applicants.