The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced that MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications Limited would commence fifth-generation (5G) services from August 24, 2022. The Commission stated that this was confirmed by its management during a Board’s Special Meeting chaired by its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta.
This was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement by NCC, Director of Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde.
The statement reads in part, “With the issuance of the final letters of awards of 5G spectrum and in line with the 5G auction’s Information Memorandum, the two licensees are now expected to accelerate deployment of 5G network that will usher Nigeria into a more robust Fourth Industrial Revolution and a more digitized Nigerian economy among the comity of nations.
“The 5G network, when deployed, will bring a lot of benefits and opportunities that will engender accelerated growth and smart living in the country. The technology is also expected to bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility, and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities”.
According to reports, after 11 rounds of bidding which lasted for 8 hours, MTN Nigeria and Mafab emerged as the two successful bidders of the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum 5G technology.
The 5G spectrum license was auctioned for $273.6 million each and fully paid by both companies.