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Nigeria, Niger Republic Sign Pact On Frequency Utilization Along Their Borders

Nigeria and Republic of Niger have signed a bilateral agreement in Abuja for the coordination of frequency utilization along their borders to ensure seamless deployment of services around within the two countries.

A statement today, February 5, in Abuja by the director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Reuben Mouka said that the agreement signing ceremony was one of the highlights of the two-day Digital Economy Regional Conference, hosted by the Nigerian government and facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, which ended at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

He said that the Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, signed on behalf of Nigeria, while his Nigerien counterpart, the Minister of Post and New Information Technologies, Moussa Baraze, signed on behalf of his country.

According to Mouka, the agreement will help in effective coordination and sharing of frequencies and channels in the ‘buffer zone or area’ on borderlines between the two countries and also help to address one of the major issues of signal interference regulation that may arise in telecoms signal transmissions by terrestrial telecoms service providers, as it spells out the procedures for regulating such cases.

He said that the agreement provides, in part, that in case of harmful interference affecting one of the parties, the affected party shall inform the other party in writing for necessary action to be carried out.

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“Also, the party from whence the interference is originating shall ensure that all necessary means are used to resolve the harmful interference within 30 days of receipt of the notice”, the agreement says.

He said that while the Agreement is without prejudice to the rights and obligations of the parties specified in the Convention, the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other inter-governmental arrangements, it however, states that the land and mobile services whose use is restricted for security, maritime and national defence or for which information is not available, shall not be subjected to the provisions of the agreement.

The NCC Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Umar Danbatta and Niger Republic’s Chairperson of the National Council for Regulation of Electronic Communications and Post, Mrs. Aichatou Oumani, were witnesses to the agreement, which applies to the co-ordination of frequencies existing in the Nigeria-Niger trans-boundary areas between 87.5 megahertz (MHz) to 30 gigahertz (GHz).

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