Mafab Communications has been granted a 5-month extension by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the launch of its 5G service.
Mafab, a fresh face in the Nigerian telecom market, now has until January 2023 to roll out 5G after winning the 5G spectrum license with MTN in December of last year.
According to the license’s terms, the two operators were supposed to start offering the service on August 24, 2022. Mafab has five more months to prepare, while MTN is moving forward with its intentions to roll out the service by the end of Q2 2022.
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.
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.