MTN, Mafab officially handed 5G licences

6 May 2022

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that the winners of last December’s 3.5GHz spectrum auction, MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications, have each been officially issued with their spectrum licences. In line with the terms and conditions of the concessions, the companies are expected to commence the rollout of their 5G networks from 24 August.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, MTN and Mafab each paid USD273.6 million for one lot of 100MHz TDD spectrum by the 24 February 2022 deadline. Following the conclusion of the assignment stage, MTN selected spectrum in the 3500MHz-3600MHz band for an additional USD15.9 million, and the second lot (3700MHz-3800MHz) was assigned to Mafab.