NCC denies renewal of operating licence of Airtel, says application is pending


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has clarified that the  Unified Access Service (UASL) Licence renewal application of Airtel Nigeria is yet to be approved by the commission.

Specifically, the commission noted that the application is still undergoing required regulatory process, a statement on Sunday signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs of NCC said.

The statement read in full: “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to a recent statement on an online publication credited to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Ogunsanya, to the effect that the mobile operating licence of Airtel has been renewed by the Commission for another period of 10 years.

 “Mr. Ogunsanya was said to have made the statement while speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, during the media launch of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility programme, ‘Touching Lives 6’.

“The Commission wishes to state that while Airtel Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service (UASL) Licence granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing required regulatory process. 

“This statement is issued for the guidance of our stakeholders”. 

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