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NCC Confirms Full Payment Of 5G Licence By MTN And Mafab


Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications Limited have made their full payment for the fifth generation (5G) spectrum licence.

Gatekeepers News reports that NCC says MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communication Limited have made the full payment of $273.6 million each for their 5G licence.

After 11 rounds of bidding that lasted for eight hours in December 2021, Mafab and MTN Nigeria emerged as the two successful winners of the 3.5gigahertz (GHz) spectrum auction for the deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria.

NCC’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Umar Danbatta officially confirmed the payment status on Thursday just as the deadline set for the two winners of the spectrum auction elapsed.

The Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, while quoting Danbatta in a statement said, “I wish to officially announce that NCC has received and confirmed payments from MTN and Mafab for their acquisition of 1 slot of 100Mhz each in the 3.5Ghz spectrum auction, which was successfully conducted by the Commission on December 13, 2021,

“They both met the deadline of February 24, 2022, as set by the Commission.

“Arising from this and on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Board and Management of the NCC, I wish to congratulate the MTN and Mafab for this feat, as we look forward to accomplishing other deployment timelines in the 5G deployment roadmap, as articulated in the National Policy on 5G Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy.”

Danbatta further explained that aside from the $273.6 million payment, MTN paid an extra $15.9 million for the preferred Lot 1 (3500-3600 Megahertz-MHz) in the 3.5Ghz spectrum, while Mafab Communications settled with Lot 2 (3700-3800Mhz) at no extra cost.

Danbatta, therefore, commended the two companies for their commitment to meeting the payment deadline.

He added that this was a demonstration of a sound regulatory environment in the Nigerian telecommunications sector.

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