Breaking News: Airtel wins 3.5GHz spectrum licence for 5G

Airtel Networks Limited has emerged winner of a licence to operate 3.5GHz spectrum meant to deploy Fifth Generation (5G) technology for provision of robust broadband services .


This was announced in a statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Mouka just a while ago.

This development brings to three those who have been licenced to provide 5G services in the country, as Airtel now joins Mafab Communications Ltd and MTN Nigeria Plc, who had won licences in an earlier auction.


Mafab and MTN emerged in a keenly contested 3.5GHz Spectrum auction that took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Monday, December 13, 2021.




The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) hereby announces that by the close of business on Monday, December 5, 2022, only two companies expressed interest in the auction of the 3.5GHz Spectrum band namely;

i.          Airtel Networks Limited (Airtel) and


ii.          Standard Network & Connections Limited (Standard Network).


However, only Airtel paid the Intention to Bid Deposit (IBD) as stipulated in the Information Memorandum (IM) whereas, Standard Network sent an email appeal for the deadline to be extended by twelve (12) working days which was not acceptable in view of the auction timetable.

Having met all the provision in the IM, Airtel has, therefore, emerged as the sole Bidder.

Consequently, there shall be no further bidding and the Commission will proceed to the Assignment Stage in line with the published Information Memorandum guiding the licensing process.



Reuben Mouka

Director, Public Affairs

December 07, 2022

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