CHOGM 2022: MTN Commends Pantami Over Nigeria’s 5G Roadmap
TECHDIGEST – Chairman of MTN Group, Mr. Mcebisi Jonas and the Group’s CEO, Mr. Ralph Mupita have commended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for Nigeria’s 5G roadmap.
Pantami met with the duo during a side meeting at the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also known as CHOGM 2022, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.
MTN Nigeria and little known Mafab Communications Ltd emerged as the two successful winners of the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum auction for the deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria December.
The operators are expexcted to commence delivery of 5G services before ending of Q3, 2022.
In Kigali, “the leadership of MTN expressed their gratitude to the minister for his support towards creating an enabling environment for MTN to thrive in its largest global market- Nigeria.
“In particular, they commended the minister for the successful 5G auctioning and licensing process and they assured the Minister of their willingness to roll out 5G services in Nigeria as soon as possible,” said Dr Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant (Research and Development) to Prof Pantami.
The statement addded: “The MTN team also officially informed the minister of their decision to hold their next Board Retreat in Nigeria in July 2022. This, they said, is in recognition of the positive impact of Nigeria on their business.
“They also assured the minister of their commitment to expanding their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs in Nigeria.”