“We’re 97% ready for nationwide deployment of 5G network”, NCC declares

The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), has said that it is 97% ready for the implementation of Fifth Generation (5-G) network deployment across the country.

Danbatta stated that this paradigm shift in communication has led to a significant increase in network connectivity requirements as a result of an unprecedented upsurge in internet traffic, occasioned by the use of a plethora of web applications.

The NCC boss, who was represented at the event by the NCC’s Director, Spectrum Administration Engineer Oluwatoyin Asaju and the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, explained that the agency is working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion.

This is coming a few weeks after the Federal Government had announced that the 5-G network will be rolled out in Nigeria in January 2022, which is expected to help in the surveillance against vandalism of public assets.

The confirmation is contained in a statement issued by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, on Thursday, at the annual African Tech Alliance Forum, (AFRITECH) 2021, held in Lagos with the theme: “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal”.

The initiatives include an ongoing plan to auction spectrum in 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) band to operators for the deployment of a 5-G network in Nigeria.

He stated that the trend has made remote work, virtual meetings, virtual studies, and virtual healthcare delivery, among others, the new normal.

Recall that the Federal Government had in August 2021 announced that it will soon deploy the 5-G network in Nigeria following the outcome of thorough investigations, research and trial absolving it of posing security or health threats.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had at that time said that the work on the national policy on 5-G was at 95% completion stage and was to be presented to the Federal Executive Council, (FEC).

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