NCC Extends Mafab Communications 5G Rollout To 2023

TECHDIGEST – 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.

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While Mafab disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday, the Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, Mr Reuben Mouka, confirmed the development to Nairametrics, noting that the extension was granted due to the delays in issuing Mafab’s unified operational licence, (USAL) and Numbering Plan, which did not happen until the end of July.

In a statement announcing the extension, Chairman of Mafab Communications Limited, 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.

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