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NCC refutes Airtel’s operating licence renewal claim

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refuted claim by Airtel that its mobile operating licence has been renewed by the NCC.

The status of the mobile network provider’s licence was revealed in a statement by the Commission’s Public Affairs Director, Ikechukwu Adinde on Sunday.

The statement reads, “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 Office 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, 202, 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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