[ODUNEWS] January 25 – Mafab Communications, which was named one of the winners of the 3.5GHz spectrum in December 2021, has begun 5G services. The network is now available in Abuja, and it will be expanded to additional cities including Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kano, and Kaduna in the future.
‘The Mafab 5G network rollout represents Nigeria’s capabilities and infinite possibilities,’ said the company’s chairman and founder Musbahu Bashir, adding, ‘The prospect of increased job opportunities as a result of the value-chain benefits the technology will generate and offer is the dream we have all gathered here to launch today.’
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Mafab and MTN Nigeria were confirmed as the winners of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) 3.5GHz spectrum auction in December 2021, each paying USD273.6 million for the licences. While MTN went on to debut commercial 5G services in September 2022, Mafab got a five-month rollout extension from the regulator the month before because of delays in issuing the operator a unified access service licence (UASL), which was also necessary to launch services.