Technology Times has confirmed that the telecoms regulator has finally renewed Airtel Nigeria’s operating licence before today’s 5G trial by the third-largest mobile network operator.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which is supervising Airtel Nigeria’s 5G trial, holding today in Abuja, expects the outcome of the tests to validate the fifth-generation mobile technology’s feasibility in the country.
Airtel Nigeria Test 5G
Ahead of the 5G trial, the telecoms regulator has also granted another 10-year renewal of the unified access service licence (UASL) starting from yesterday, December 1, and expiring by November 11, 2031, according to the latest licences data obtained from the NCC website.
Airtel Nigeria is among nine UAS licensees in the country counting MTN Nigeria, which recently got its licence renewal, Intercellular Nig Plc, Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Ltd trading as 9Mobile, Gamjitel Ltd, Smile Communications Nigeria Limited, Megatech Engineering Ltd, NATCOM Development Investment Ltd and Global Independent Connect Limited.
As of October this year, the Nigerian telecoms market posted 191,951,769 active phone lines, representing 100.56% teledensity; 140,337,560 active internet connections and 76,146,156 broadband connections 39.89% according to NCC official data reviewed by Technology Times.
NCC says it is supervising today’s 5G proof of concept (PoC) by Airtel Nigeria and its unnamed Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), the second the first one conducted by MTN Nigeria across three locations across the country.NCC has also set a reserve price of $197.4 million for prospective bidders in the 3.5 Gigahertz Spectrum band auction for the launch of 5G services in Nigeria in which two licence bouquets will be up for sale through competitive bids opening December 13 in Abuja, according to the auction rules.