Contrary to speculations in some media reports that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has renewed the operating licence of MTN Nigeria, the regulator has said the telco’s application for renewal is still being processed.
Debunking the rumour in a statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC stated: “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn 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.
“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 approval of the renewal of its operating licence for another 10 years with effect from September 1, 2021.”
“The Commission 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.”
The Commission said the statement on the issue was necessitated by the need to guide the general stakeholders properly.