MTN Nigeria moves toward renewal of operating spectrum, licence
MTN Nigeria is at an advanced stage in renewing its operating spectrum and licence in Nigeria for another 10 years from September, the local unit of South Africa’s MTN has said.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the renewal of the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands due to expire in August 2021.
The spectrum underpins MTN’s data network and telecom coverage in Africa’s biggest economy, the group said in its annual report published on Sunday.
MTN said 37.2 million subscribers, or 48.7 percent of its Nigerian subscriber base, have submitted national identification numbers as part of a government requirement to tighten SIM registration.
In January, Airtel Nigeria said the industry regulator renewed its spectrum licences in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for a fee of N71.611 billion.
The approval of the spectrum will run from December 1, 2021, to November 30, 2031, Airtel said in a regulatory filing two months ago.
These spectrum licences were otherwise due to expire on 30 November 2021, the company said.
Nigeria launched the GSM mobile licence round in 2000, resulting in the licensing of two major players in the market, Econet now Airtel and MTN which commenced operations in 2001 and later increase with the licencing of two additional operators, Globacom and Etisala now 9Mobile.