Two major telecom operators in the country, 9Mobile and Bharti Airtel have opposed the proposed
transfer of operating licence and resources, including 800MHz spectrum, from Visafone Communication Limited to MTN Nigeria.
The operators raised the objection at a public hearing organised by Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, at its headquarters in Abuja. Responding to the proposal, Head of Regulatory Affairs, 9Mobile, Mr. Chidozie Arinze, said spectrum remained a scarce national resource available in limited quantity and, as such could not be leased to only MTN as an operator to the detriment of other operators that do not have similar spectrum in their possession. He argued that the 800MHz spectrum from Visafone must be managed more efficiently and not be given to one operator because it had money.
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