MTN, Mafab to roll out 5G in August 2022- NCC


By Ismail Auwal

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),  has said that telecommunications operators are expected to start rolling out fifth generation technology services in August 2022.

The NCC made the announcement on Wednesday, shortly after handing over the final letters of award for 5G spectrum licences to the winners of the December 3.5GHz spectrum auctions.

MTN and Mafab Communication the are now expected to accelerate the deployment of 5G network that will usher Nigeria into a more robust Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and a more digitised Nigerian economy.

“In line with the terms and conditions of the 5G license, the licensees are expected to commence roll out 5G services effective from August 24, 2022,” the NCC said in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Ikechukwu Adinde.

Mafab Communication and MTN Nigeria emerged the two successful winners of the 3.5gigahertz(GHz) spectrum auction for the deployment of 5G technology while Airtel had opted out of the bid.

The two winners got the nod of the regulator at $273 million each.

The Commission said the 5G network will provide a lot of benefits and opportunities that will accelerate growth and smart living in the country.

It added that the technology is also expected to bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities.

The NCC  had on February 24, acknowledged the full payment of $273.6 million each by the two spectrum winners, in addition to spectrum assignment fee paid by MTN, for the 5G spectrum licence.

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