The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has insisted that MAFAB Communications has launhed its Fifth Generation 5G service in Nigeria and that the service is presently available in Abuja and Lagos.
This is coming on the background of some reports that MAFAB is yet launch 5G service despite acquiring the license over two years ago and one year after roll out date.
Responding to the report, NCC in a statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Mouka described the report as misleading.
“Our attention has been drawn to some misleading comments on social media which falsely claimed that “ MAFAB Communications, one of the companies granted Fifth Generation (5G) licences by the Commission is yet to roll out the service, nearly two years after obtaining a licence, and one year after the roll-out date.”
“For a fact, MAFAB Communications is one of the two successful companies that won a 5G Licence during the globally-acclaimed transparent 5G Auction conducted by the Commission on December 13, 2021.
“Upon fulfilling the condition of payment for the fee of $273.6 million in February 2022, the company formally received the licence on February 22, 2022.
“Consequent upon the issuance of the 5G licence, and in line with the rollout conditions, MAFAB publicly launched its services in Abuja on January 24, 2023, and in Lagos on January 26, 2023. At launch, the services were targeted at six cities – Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kano and Kaduna,” the statement reads.
It added that the Commission has continued to monitor the progress of rollout by MAFAB and has been regularly briefed about the status of infrastructure deployment for service offerings as conditioned in its operating licence.