The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a five-month extension to Mafab Communications for its rollout of 5G services. In December 2021, NCC awarded Mafab Communications the 5G spectrum licences.
In line with the conditions of the 5G licence, the licensees were expected to commence the rollout of 5G services effective from August 24, 2022.
However, Mafab has been issued a five-month extension following the delays in receiving its unified operational licence (USAL) and Numbering Plan, which did not happen until the end of July.
In a statement released by the operator, Dr Mushabu Bashir, chairman of Mafab Communications Limited, 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 doubts that the service will help deliver improvements in education, business, smart cities and entertainment. The goal remains to launch before the five-month extension period, and we will share more information soon.”
According to industry experts, the 5G service will 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.