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NCC extends Mafab Communications 5G rollout
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NCC extends Mafab Communications 5G rollout

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a 5-month extension to Mafab Communications for the rollout of its 5G service.

Mafab, a new player in the Nigerian telecommunications sector that won the 5G spectrum license alongside MTN in December last year, now has until January 2023 to launch 5G.

Going by the conditions of the license, the two operators were expected to roll out the service effective from August 24, 2022. However, while MTN is forging ahead with its plans to deploy the service before the end of Q2 2022, Mafab has 5 more months to prepare.

MTN and Mafab, had in December 2021, won the 3.5GHz Spectrum band for 5G license and NCC gave both operators up till August 24 to rollout 5G technology services across the country.

But Mafab Communications said NCC granted it five months extension to roll out.

The Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, who confirmed the development to THISDAY late last night, said NCC decided to extend the rollout date for Mafab alone because the company  does not have operating licence to roll out 5G network.

“The five months extension will enable Mafab to process its telecom operational licence” Muoka said.

THISDAY gathered that Mafab was issued a five-month extension following the delays in receiving its unified operational license (USAL) and Numbering plan, which did not happen until the end of July.

In the statement  Chairman of Mafab, Dr. Mushabu Bashir, said: “We are fully committed to bringing the benefits of 5G services to Nigerians and deploying a network that will drive economic development with increased broadband capabilities Nationwide. I have no doubt that the service will help deliver improvements in the fields of education, business, smart cities and entertainment.

According to him, the 5G would offer Nigerians higher data speed, improved reliability and availability.

The benefits are far reaching as the service will enable Nigerians to achieve more with broadband and increase the nation’s broadband penetration, quality of service and capabilities, Bashir further said.

Mafab Communications Limited is a telecommunication company incorporated on July 8, 2020, and licensed by NCC to provide and operate local interconnect and international carrier services.

“The goal remains to launch before the five-month extension period and we will be sharing more information in the near future.”

“The 5G licence comes with frequency licence and not operational licence. So Mafab only has frequency licence and does not have operational licence and it needs to apply for a telecom operational licence to enable it roll out 5G services and other telecom services.”

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