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Nigeria expects to start auctioning spectrum for next generation 5G network in the fourth quarter of this year, the head of the country’s communications commission said. Umar Garba Danbatta said Nigeria had undertaken 5G trials in selected locations with one mobile operator but did not share details of the results. 5G networks will rely on denser...

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The Commission says that while Airtel Nigeria had applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service (UASL) License granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it is yet to renew Airtel’s Mobile Operating Licence. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, made...

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published its ‘Guidelines on National Roaming’, which prescribe a regulatory framework for the implementation of national roaming services in Nigeria. According to the guidelines, licensed service providers shall request and negotiate national roaming agreements with each other on bilateral and non-discriminatory terms, while multiple agreements can be signed with...

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The Nigerian government has approved a further extension to the deadline for the country’s mobile phone users to register a valid National Identification Number (NIN) with their service provider. The date has been postponed from 30 June to 26 July 2021, after a request by stakeholders ‘on the need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process...

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Phase3 Telecom, a fibre optic telecommunications infrastructure and services provider says, it is adopting an innovative, technology-driven, multilayer approach in its network expansion. It said the move would enable it to provide secure infrastructure that fortifies its network as well as others against advanced and malicious cybernetic breaches. Executive Chairman of Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley...

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Nigeria’s final journey into the deployment of 5G technology is expected to begin sometime relatively soon, barring any unforeseen circumstances. The Guardian reports that the only obstacle to the deployment of the technology in Nigeria is approval by the country’s Federal Government. A previously existing obstacle, a supposed loose end, has recently been tightened by the...

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MTN Group has revealed that plans to sell a 14% stake in its Nigerian unit to local investors are ‘well advanced’. The South African firm, which holds 78.8% of MTN Nigiera, added that the process would commence as soon as market conditions are conducive. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that in June 2016 MTN Nigeria committed to listing a portion of...