MTN parts with ₦71.97bn to remain in business in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria’s operational license has been renewed by the telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) after paying ₦71.97 billion to remain in business.

The y’ello network’s Unified Access Service (UAS) licence and spectrum licence for wireless local loop in the 900MHz and 1800MHz band, had expired on August 31, 2021.

The network provider paid ₦71.6 billion for the spectrum licence, and ₦374.6 million for the UAS licence, to renew for a further ten year period, starting September 1, 2021.

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In a statement sent to the investing public, MTN Nigeria CEO, Karl Toriola, said MTN Nigeria plans to work closely with Isa Pantami and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s digital economy.

While MTN Nigeria has renewed its licenses, Airtel Africa is yet to receive approval for license renewal which will expire in November 30, 2021 – the company had paid ₦71.61 billion for the current licence.

In July, NCC had denied renewing license of Airtel Africa, stating that regulatory review is still ongoing on Airtel, Director of Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC, had said.

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