The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Airtel Nigeria have clarified that Airtel Nigeria’s mobile operating licence is still pending, stating that the telecom operator recently applied for the renewal of its Unified Access Service Licence (UASL).
Segun Ogunsanya, the chief executive officer of Airtel Nigeria, stated during the media launch of ‘Airtel Touching Lives 6′ in Lagos that Airtel had renewed its operating licence for another 10-year period.
However, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the NCC’s director of public affairs, denied that in a statement last night, stating that the application has yet to be approved because it is still undergoing the required regulatory process.
Adinde said “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 the required regulatory process. This statement is issued for the guidance of our stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, Airtel Networks Limited’s vice president of Corporate Communications and CSR, Emeka Oparah, clarified his CEO’s earlier statement on the renewal of its 10-year mobile licence last night.
“Last week, at the launch of our flagship corporate social responsibility program, Airtel Touching Lives, a distinction was made between operating licence and social licence,” he said.
“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,” Oparah added.