FG Gives Approval To MTN, MAFAB To Begin 5G Roll Out

Nigeria’s Federal Government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission, has given approval for MTN Nigeria and MAFAB Communications to commence a rollout of 5G services in the country.

The Commission disclosed this after confirming the issuance of the final letters of the award of the fifth-generation spectrum licenses to MTN and Mafab Communications, who were winners of the 3.5 gigahertz spectrum auction conducted on December 13, 2021.

A statement by the NCC revealed that the management of the commission led by its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, confirmed this to the Board of Commissioners at the Board’s Special Meeting, which took place recently.

“With the issuance of the final letters of awards of 5G spectrum and in line with the 5G auction’s Information Memorandum, the two licensees are now expected to accelerate deployment of 5G network that will usher Nigeria into a more robust Fourth Industrial Revolution and a more digitized Nigerian economy among the comity of nations.

“In line with the terms and conditions of the 5G license, the licensees are expected to commence the rollout of 5G services, effective from August 24, 2022.

“The 5G network, when deployed, will bring a lot of benefits and opportunities that will engender accelerated growth and smart living in the country. The technology is also expected to bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility, and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities.”

The NCC also confirmed the payment of $273.6m each from the two spectrum winners on February 24, 2022. The payment, in addition to the spectrum assignment fee paid by MTN, was for the 5G spectrum license.

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It added that the effective implementation of the National Policy on 5G would accelerate the actualization of the national targets in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020-2030, as well as other sectoral policies designed to enhance the nation’s digital transformation.

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