Report on renewal of MTN’s Universal Access Service Licence not true – NCC

The management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has dismissed a report claiming the renewal of MTN’s Universal Access Service Licence (UASL) by the commission.

NCC disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde.

This is sequel to an online publication which claimed the company’s licence had been renewed amid 20 years of GSM phones.

Adinde said the company’s application was still undergoing required regulatory processes.

“The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission has been drawn to a publication in an online medium entitled “Govt renews MTN Nigeria licence amid 20 years of GSM phones” to the effect that the mobile operating license of MTN has been renewed by the commission for another period of ten years.

The online publication which cited regulatory filings by the Nigerian Communications Commission (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 Universal Access and Service Licence (UASL) granted to it by the commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing required regulatory processes.

This statement is issued for the guidance of our general stakeholders,” Adinde pointed out in the statement.


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