MTN Nigeria, Mafab Win Nigeria's 5G Licence

MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications have been awarded Nigeria's first 5G high-speed spectrum licences at an auction held by the Nigerian Communications Commission. The winners are expected to pay the bid price "less the intention-to-bid deposit, by February 24, according to the country's telecoms regulator.

Minister of Communications Isa Pantami has said that Nigeria aims to deploy 5G over major urban areas of the country and become Africa's biggest network for the spectrum by 2025. "This technology will go a long way in supporting our security institutions, who will leverage on it and ensure that we are all secure," he said. 

Nigeria is MTN's biggest market, and the company has previously encountered numerous regulatory challenges in the West African country, including a fine in 2015 by the NCC for unregistered SIM card users.

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MTN Nigeria (file photo).

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