The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reacted to a publication in an online media entitled “Govt renews MTN Nigeria licence amid 20 years of GSM Phones” to the effect that the mobile operating licence of MTN has been renewed by the Commission for another period of 10 years.
According to the NCC, the renewal of the licence as claimed by MTN is yet to be implemented as the Commission is yet to give authorization to that effect.
More so, the online publication, which cited regulatory filings by the NCC as its source, stated that “MTN Nigeria, the nation’s largest mobile network operator (MNO), has secured regulatory agencies approval of the renewal of its operating licence for another 10 years with effect from September 1, 2021.”
The Commission however wishes to state that, while MTN Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service Licence ((UASL) granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing required regulatory processes.
It is therefore for the guidance of all stakeholders that the clarification statement from NCC is issued.
To guide the decisions and consequently make transparent the circumstance before all.