Telecoms: NCC renews MTN Nigeria’s operating licences for 10 years

*MTN Nigeria says the renewal of the firm’s operating licences for 10 more years is very important to its business as it enables the Telco to continue to provide services for the benefits of telecoms consumers in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the leading telecoms firm’s earlier application for same, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has renewed MTN Nigeria’s Unified Access Service (UAS) licence and spectrum licence for wireless local loop in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz band, effective September 1, 2021.

ConsumerConnect reports sequel to the approval by the Nigerian telecoms regulator, the Management of MTN Nigeria, in a statement, has disclosed the renewal of the firm’s operating licences for 10 more years “is very important” to its business as it enables the Telco to continue to provide services for the benefits of a modern connected life for telecoms consumers in the country.

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

The telecoms company also noted that the renewal is subject to licensing conditions, including additional amounts, under discussion.

The statement noted that with this development, the earlier licences obtained by MTN, which expired August 31, 2021, have now been renewed for 10 more years, effective September 1 this year.

It noted that the commission also acknowledged receiving N71.6billion for the spectrum licence and N374.6million for the UAS licence in settlement of their invoices for the 10-year period until August 31, 2031.

Mr. Karl Toriola, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Nigeria, speaking on the latest development, said:  “Renewing our licences for another ten years is very important to our business and enables us to continue to provide services to ensure the benefits of a modern connected life for our people.”

Recall the Nigerian Communications Commission Saturday, September 4, 2021, said renewal of mobile licence for the South African mobile giant, MTN, would wait until the application undergoing required regulatory processes at the time was approved.

The commission had stated this while reacting to a statement credited to an online platform, which claimed the Federal Government had renewed MTN Nigeria’s licence for 20 years of telecoms services in the West African country.

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