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Mafab launches 5G network in Nigeria 13 months after obtaining license

The newest telecom provider in Nigeria, MAFAB Communications, has started offering 5G network services to its customers. On January 24, 2023, the launch event was held in Abuja. On January 26, 2023, it was held in Lagos. This statement comes five months after MTN debuted its 5G network in August 2022, and the Nigerian Communications Commission granted MAFAB a five-month extension for developing its 5G network (NCC).

The event was a launch party for Mcom’s new brand name and logo. It’s crucial to remember that these activities weren’t the commercial launch because potential customers can’t currently utilise or access MCom’s 5G services.

The business announced that it would soon reveal the exact date of the occasion in Lagos, Dr. Musbahu Bashir, chairman and founder of MAFAB, stated that Mcom, the second operator to introduce 5G in Nigeria, plans to provide additional coverage for Nigerians and speed up broadband services.

He said six cities—Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kano, and Kaduna—will host the initial deployment. The deployment schedule for the additional cities will be disclosed later. Hakeem Fahm, the state’s commissioner for science and technology, spoke on behalf of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor, who praised MAFAB for the debut of 5G.

Dr. Musbahu Bashir, chairman and founder of MAFAB

Sanwo-Olu added, “I am now quite optimistic that we will succeed resoundingly because of the possibility that MAFAB 5G network brings out of its commercial launch.

According to recent research on the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) website and the firm website, MAFAB Communications Limited was established on July 8, 2020. Its website states that it offers and manages local Interconnect and international carrier services, but no client information is provided.

Musbahu Muhammad Bashir is in charge of the business. He is the chairman of the Althani Group, an Abuja-based holding company that manages several businesses, including Salam Takaful Insurance, MAFAB Communications, Eman Homes & Estate, and Althani Investment Limited.

Data is the key to 5G

Adebayo Onigbanjo, the corporate communications manager, indicated during the launch ceremony that the company will concentrate on supplying data, starting with the fixed wireless access market, and would not offer any 2G, 3G, or 4G services. a plan that considers the possibility that consumer spending on data services will eventually surpass voice services. The company did not specify how much money it has invested in physical infrastructure, but it did mention that it will rely on partnerships and the use of existing telecom infrastructure to reach nationwide coverage. Mcom would use the national roaming policy to ensure voice services across cities for its voice service.