NCC clarifies it is yet to renew MTN’s Universal Access and Service Licence

*The Nigerian Communications Commission states though MTN Nigeria has applied for the renewal of its Universal Access and Service (UASL) Licence, the regulator is yet to approve the application currently undergoing required regulatory processes

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has clarified that it is yet to approve the application for the renewal of MTN Nigeria’s Universal Access and Service (UASL) Licence.

The country’s telecoms regulator made the clarification, in view of a media report titled, “Govt renews MTN Nigeria licence amid 20 years of GSM Phones”, purporting that the telecoms firm has been approved to perform telecoms activities as a licensed operator in the country for another 20 years.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement issued Monday August 2, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, said that the online publication had cited regulatory filings by the Commission as its source.

The statement noted the publication said, that “MTN Nigeria, the nation’s largest mobile network operator (MNO), has secured regulatory approval of the renewal of its operating licence for another 10 years with effect from September 1, 2021.”

The NCC Director of Public Affairs, however, said: “The Commission wishes to state that while MTN Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Universal Access and Service (UASL) License granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing required regulatory processes.

“This statement is issued for the guidance of our general stakeholders.”

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