The Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has withdrawn all lines assigned to seven (7) dead CDMA operators. According to news reports, the affected operators are Starcomms, Zoom Mobile (formerly Reltel), Multi-links, MTS First Wireless, Mobitel Limited, Rainbownet Limited, and Odu’a Telecoms Limited.
This was a long time approaching, as all these telco operators have been dead for quite a while. As such, this withdrawal is a formality.
The withdrawn lines and spectrums will now be re-allocated and put to profitable use.
Please note that Visafone is an exception as MTN Nigeria acquired Visafone’s lines way back in 2016.
All lines assigned to NITEL and its mobile arm, M-Tel, have also been withdrawn. Those two government-owned operators went to the thin air before the last of the CDMA telcos disappeared.