The telecoms regulator has officially confirmed the renewal of the operating licence of MTN Nigeria, the nation’s largest mobile network operator, according to the latest update on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) website reviewed by Technology Times.
According to the NCC website update, the universal access service (UAS) licence of MTN Nigeria MTN Nigeria Communications Plc operating from its headquarters in MTN Plaza, Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, takes effect from September 1, 2021 and expires August 31, 2031.
The telecoms regulator’s website update officially confirming MTN Nigeria’s licence status comes amid a recent announcement by the telecoms company about the renewal of the UAS licence by the NCC.
In the company statement, Mr Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO, says that “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.”
MTN Nigeria says its UAS licence and spectrum licence for wireless local loop in the 900MHz and 1800MHz band after the payment of N71.6 billion for the spectrum licence and another N374.6 million for the UAS licence to cover the licensing period of September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2031.
MTN Nigeria is listed among the nine UAS licensees in the telecoms industry including Intercellular Nig Plc, (01/12/2016 to 30/11/2026); Airtel (formerly Celtel Nig Ltd), (01/12/2006 to 30/11/2021); Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Ltd, (17/04/2007 to 16/04/2022); Gamjitel Ltd, (06/08/2013 to 05/08/2023); Smile Communications Nigeria Limited, (01/07/2019 to 30/06/2029); Megatech Engineering Ltd, (01/10/2020 to 30/09/2030); NATCOM Development Investment Ltd, (09/02/2016 to 08/02/2031); Global Independent Connect Limited, (01/06/2018 to 31/05/2028).