MTN Gets Approval To Boost Broadband Penetration With New Spectrum

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MTN Nigeria has gotten approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to boost broadband penetration through the transfer of a 10MHz spectrum in the 2.6GHz spectrum band from OPENSKYS Services Limited.

The 2.6GHz spectrum band is designated for the deployment of terrestrial mobile broadband services.

A statement from the MTN noted that the licence took effect on September 7, 2023, and will see it deploy the spectrum across the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT.

“According to a GSMA report on opportunities for global mobile broadband, the 2.6GHz spectrum band is the ideal complement to the 700MHz-800MHz spectrum bands as together, these bands can help to provide the most cost-effective nationwide coverage of mobile broadband services across both rural and urban areas.” The statement reads.

Commenting on the acquisition, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, said, “This additional spectrum will enable us to deliver on our promise to our customers to deliver quality service, as we continue to support the Federal Government’s vision of deepening broadband penetration in the country.”

The firm noted that its recent acquisition will enable it to provide improved broadband services to its customers and meet their growing demand for capacity to deliver mobile broadband services. It further said the transfer of the spectrum will significantly improve its customers’ experience in line with its commitment to deliver excellent service.

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