The bidding will open on Wednesday in Nigeria's 2.3-GHz spectrum licence auction.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has set a $23 million reserve price for the one 2.3-GHz licence up for grabs, This Day reported on Monday. Two prequalified bidders, Globacom and Bitflux Communications, will take part in the contest after other interested parties pulled out.
The paper hinted that the process will result in Globacom winning the licence; it noted that Globacom is the country's second operator, while Bitflux Communications is a consortium of start-ups without significant funding behind it.
If it does emerge victorious, Globacom told This Day it will use the 2.3-GHz spectrum to roll out fixed services, something it has so far failed to do.
Zinox Telecommunications, Airtel Nigeria, MTN, Etisalat and Spectranet declined to participate in the auction.
The newspaper quoted Airtel as saying that it has decided to wait for the 700-MHz digital dividend spectrum to become available next year.