Airtel Africa has announced that an application for the renewal of its Nigerian subsidiary’s spectrum licences has been approved by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Airtel Nigeria’s 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum licences were due to expire on 30 November 2021 but have now been extended for a further ten years, to 30 November 2031. Under the terms of the spectrum licences, Airtel Nigeria has paid NGN71.611 billion (USD186.7 million) in renewal fees.
‘I am pleased to announce that our application in Nigeria to renew our spectrum licences in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for a ten-year period has been approved by the NCC,’ commented Raghunath Mandava, CEO of Airtel Africa, adding: ‘This is our largest market and we remain focused on bridging the digital divide and expanding our broadband capability in the country. On behalf of Airtel Nigeria and the Group, I would like to thank both the government of Nigeria and the NCC for their cooperation and support in this important process.’