MTN’s Universal Access Service License Yet To Be Renewed, Says NCC


The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said that it yet to approve renewal of MTN’s Universal Access Service (UAS) License.

Reacting to a media report that Govt renews MTN Nigeria licence for period of 10 years, the commission in a statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, on Monday 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.”

“The Commission wishes to state that while MTN Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Universal 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.

“This statement is issued for the guidance of our general stakeholders.”

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