Airtel Nigeria clarifies renewal of licence

AS the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Sunday affirmed that Airtel Nigeria’s application for the renewal of the Unified Access Service License (UASL) is undergoing the required regulatory process, the telecommunication company has clarified the issue .

According to a statement by its vice-president corporate communications, Emeka Opara, Airtel said that current license expires in November 2021 and  have applied to NCC for its renewal ahead of this expiry date, adding that  the renewal process is in progress but yet to be concluded.

The Full statement is published below…

Airtel Nigeria clarifies renewal of licence

During the launch of our flagship corporate social responsibility program titled Airtel Touching Lives, last week, a contrast was drawn between operating license and social license.

Whilst the operating license is issued by NCC, we stated that a social license is earned by what a company does for its communities. We are very proud of our Touching Lives Program which gives support to the less privileged in our communities.

However, for clarity, an operating license is always issued by NCC and our current license expires in November 2021. We have applied to NCC for its renewal ahead of this expiry date and the renewal process is in progress but yet to be concluded.

We look forward to working with our various communities on the 6th edition of our Airtel Touching Lives Program.

Emeka Oparah

Vice President

Corporate Communications & CSR

Airtel Networks Limited Nigeria

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Sunday said Airtel Nigeria’s application for the renewal of the Unified Access Service License (UASL) is yet to be approved by the commission.

According to a statement by NCC, the telecom company’s licence renewal application is still undergoing the required regulatory process.

“The Commission wishes to state that while Airtel Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service License (UASL) granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing required regulatory process”, the statement signed by NCC’s director of public affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, said.

Adinde said the statement was issued to clarify what was credited to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, to the effect that the mobile operating license of Airtel has been renewed by the Commission for another period of ten 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’.

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