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​NCC discloses status of MTN Nigeria’s UASL license renewal

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has disclosed the stage it is regarding renewal of the Unified Access and Service (UASL) license granted to MTN Nigeria.

In February 2005, the Commission issued a notice on the introduction of a unified licensing regime in Nigeria as an individual License under the powers granted to it by section 32 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

However, NCC said it received notification to a publication in an online media entitled “Govt renews MTN Nigeria licence amid 20 years of GSM Ph​​ones” to the effect that the mobile operating license of MTN has been renewed by the Commission for another period of ten years.

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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.”

But, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, director, Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement made available to TechEconomy.ng said “The Commission wishes to state that while MTN Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Unified Access and Service (UASL) License 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”.

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