MTN Nigeria has paid the 5G license fee ahead of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s February 24 deadline.
This was announced on the Nigerian Communications Commission’s website on February 4. According to the website, MTN and Mafab Communications were among those who had paid their licence fees in full and collected licence documents for their respective telecommunications undertakings prior to the era of Licence reclassification into Class and Individual licences.
MTN and Mafab Communications were awarded slots for the 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) Fifth Generation (5G) technology spectrum after winning the NCC auction.
According to Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, the 5G network will help promote economic development in Nigeria because digital technology will benefit the country’s finance and other sectors.
At the assignment stage, two 100MHzTDD slots were made available in the 3.5GHz band for bidding in order to support the delivery of broadband services for the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.
The bidders, Mobile Telephone Network (MTN), Airtel Nigeria, and Mafab Communications, were eliminated at the Main stage, leaving only two bidders, Mafab and MTN.