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Nigeria: Winners of 2.3 GHz licences to be refunded but Mobitel still on for roll-out

Following Presidency's decision that monies paid into the coffers of the Federal Government by the Nigeria’s regulator NCC on behalf of the winners of the 2.3GHz spectrum licence be refunded to the bid winners, Mobitel, which was at the hear of allegations about not following proper procedures, re-asserted its desire to roll out a GSM network.

The Federal Government had on Tuesday ordered the NCC to refund the three companies involved in 2.3Hz spectrum licences. The companies are Mobitel, Spectranet and Multi-Links. But the management of Mobitel last week reaffirmed its long term positive view of its business objectives in the market place, notwithstanding the presidency's order. "We remain unrelentingly committed to our roll-out programme," Adeyemi Akinsanya, Chairman of Mobitel said.

According to Akinsanya, Mobitel is indeed perfectly able to roll-out its bouquet of service offerings later this year, on its 2.2GHz licence, and poised to ultimately offer its subscribers nationwide a refreshing experience. Government has also ordered that a fresh round of bids for the 2.3GHz spectrum licence be conducted by the NCC.

Daily Trust

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