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SEC Finally Approves MTN Listing



  • SEC Finally Approves MTN Listing

The Security & Exchange Commission, SEC, has approved MTN to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The acting Director General of the securities and exchanges commission, May Uduk, on Monday stated that SEC had received an application from MTN for the registration of “its existing shares.”

The approval means the shares held by Nigerians in MTN can now be listed on the local stock exchange market by introduction.

“MTN is seeking to come to the market by way of an introduction and has asked SEC for an approval to register its existing shares. This is not a complicated process at all and if the documentation submitted by MTN is complete SEC should be able to grant approval for this application within 24-48 hours”, the SEC Director General stated.

This means interested Nigerian investors will have to wait as the telecommunication giant is not presently looking to raise fund until it resolves a $2 billion claims brought against it by the attorney general.

It should be recalled that the telecommunication giant applied to SEC for listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday, the same day it appointed Emir Lamido Sanusi as a non-executive director of the company’s board.

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Trove Reassures Customers Of  Commitment To All Local Law And Regulations



Following the  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warning against the proliferation of unregistered online investment and trading platforms, Trove reassures customers of commitment to all the local laws and regulations.

In a statement released this evening,  the CEO of Trove, Oluwatomi Solanke, said, “as communicated earlier, Trove strives to maintain good standing with all existing compliance requirements and regulatory frameworks. 

“We are delighted to announce that Trove has taken the necessary steps to register with the Nigerian Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) for the SEC recommended license and remains in active communication with the SEC. 

“The SEC continues to be proactive in our nascent industry and we applaud the regulators for being very supportive of the technological developments and innovations in the space. Further, we are delighted that the SEC has been forthcoming in receiving our input as it builds a robust regulatory framework. We specifically would like to thank you for your patience over the past couple of weeks.”

He further affirmed that Trove will continue to work with the SEC to protect, educate and build investor confidence through our platforms, as we simplify investing and promote economic empowerment.

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Airtel Africa to Borrow Another $500 Million Loan



Airtel Africa, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Africa, said it has signed a new $500 million loan facility with a group of banks to partially refinance the telecom’s €750m Euro-denominated bond (c.$880m) due 20 May 2021.

The financial institutions were Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citibank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank and two Indian relationship banks, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank, the company said in a statement signed by Simoon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary.

It stated, “The new committed facility consists of a combination of a revolving credit facility and term loans with tenor of up to 4 years. The facility will be used to partially refinance the Group’s €750m Euro-denominated bond (c.$880m) due 20 May 2021.

“The balance of the Euro-denominated bond will be repaid with existing Group cash to reduce gross debt and associated interest costs. The new loan facility further strengthens the core liquidity of the Group.

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Etisalat and Nokia Provide Ultra-fast 5G Broadband Services in the UAE




Etisalat, one of the leading telecommunications operators in emerging markets recognized by Ookla® Speedtest® as the world’s fastest mobile network in 2020, together with Nokia, as a key partner, has deployed 5G network, providing enhanced mobile broadband services and expanding 5G coverage and revenue opportunities. Nokia’s 5G portfolio supports Etisalat’s mission of driving the digital future to empower societies.

Etisalat has a proven history of bringing the latest in technology and broadband services to the United Arab Emirates to support economic growth and innovation. Similarly, Etisalat is building an autonomous 5G network using Etisalat A3 platform, where Nokia has worked with Etisalat to deliver best-in-class customer experience, as 5G’s ultra-high bandwidth and low-latency enrich service offerings and transform business models. 5G capabilities enable innovative applications in areas such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). It also addresses Industry 4.0 opportunities to benefit enterprises from various Internet of Things (IoT) use cases in areas such as energy, healthcare, education, transport and entertainment, providing new revenue opportunities.

Haitham Abdulrazzak, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat said: “As a true pioneer, we have always embraced the latest technologies to drive the Digital Future to empower society. Accordingly, we are building an autonomous 5G network and are very excited about how 5G can transform industrial and consumer services. The 5G services we have rolled out truly enhances lifestyles and delivers significant gains in productivity in the UAE, contributing to the national innovation strategy.”

Saeed Al Zarouni, SVP, Mobile Network, Etisalat, added: “Etisalat’s technical teams have closely worked with Nokia to build the 5G network smoothly and enabled 5G coverage with ultra-high speed and low latency services in the UAE. The high capacity 5G network also allows us to provide services to a large number of customers. Rolling out 5G network is in line with our focus on digital innovation and investments in next generation telecom technologies.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “With this deployment, Nokia is supporting Etisalat achieve its vision of driving the digital future. Along with consumers’ expectation to get the latest telecom services experience, the current period has also shone a spotlight on just how important networks are for people and businesses. With this next generation 5G network deployment, we are excited to continue our longstanding collaboration with Etisalat to deliver the full transformational benefits of 5G.”

Nokia has deployed its AirScale radio platform, based on 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards. The network uses massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (mMIMO) radio technology to improve network capacity, provide broader coverage and increase network speeds.

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