In Nigeria, The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) seeks to remind members of the public, Departments, Agencies of Governments and Ministeries that by the provisions of Section 28 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003), the NFMC is the apex body for Radio Frequency Spectrum Administration in the country.
The announcement was made by Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and Chairman of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), during the 58th Regular Meeting of the Council.
In a statement released by NFMC, Dr Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant to the Minister, said the meeting resolved that any radio frequency-based equipment that is to be installed by any individual, private company, Government or Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) for the management of the radio frequency spectrum, must be cleared by the NFMC.
“For further clarification, commercial private companies/organisations should contact the statutory regulatory bodies, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), for commercial telecommunications and broadcasting entities,” he said.
Adeluyi also said, “The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy manages radio frequency spectrum that is used by entities such as Departments, Ministries and Agencies (MDAs) of Governments, Diplomatic Missions, Embassies, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), individuals and private companies/organisations for non-commercial purposes.
“Furthermore, management of the Radio Frequency spectrum by the Ministry includes planning, coordination, assignment, resolution of harmful interference complaints, monitoring and licensing of the radio frequency spectrum and radio communication stations.”
He also highlighted that no other entity is authorized to install radio frequency-based equipment in order to monitor or manage the spectrum of its organisation or sector unless it receives clearance from NFMC.
“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy will continue to support the development of Nigeria’s digital economy safely and sustainably”, Adeluyi added.