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By Rossie Tam-West
Authorities of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have dismissed as false a story in an online publication asserting that government has renewed MTN Nigeria licence for another period of ten years.
In a statement on Monday, the Director, Public Affairs Department of the Commission; Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission has been drawn to a publication in an online media 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.”
According to the statement, 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.”
It added that the statement was issued “for the guidance of our general stakeholders.”