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No 5G de­ploy­ment yet, NCC in­sists

- From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos Business · Nigeria News · Tech · NCC AB · Nigeria

The Nige­ria Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) said there is no de­ploy­ment of the Fifth Gen­er­a­tion (5G) net­work in Nige­ria at the mo­ment.

The com­mis­sion how­ever said it is de­vel­op­ing poli­cies on the de­ploy­ment of the 5G.

Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-Chair­man of the com­mis­sion, Prof. Umar Dan­batta dis­closed this at the 16th an­nual In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion on Power and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (ICEPT 2020) ti­tled, “Emerg­ing Tech­nolo­gies” or­gan­ised by the Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic Engi­neers (NIEEE).

Rep­re­sented by Engr. Bako Wakil, Di­rec­tor of Tech­ni­cal Stan­dards and Net­work In­tegrity at the con­fer­ence held vir­tu­ally, the NCC boss said the 5G net­work ser­vices would cross the bor­ders of tele­coms sec­tor into vir­tu­ally all other sec­tors of the econ­omy.

He said the wide adop­tion of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies has also trig­gered new reg­u­la­tory fron­tiers that also come with op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges.

Dan­batta how­ever stated that the NCC “is proac­tively pro­mot­ing poli­cies that en­cour­age both in­no­va­tion and ef­fec­tive com­pe­ti­tion among sec­tor play­ers within the ecosys­tem, and also sup­port con­sumer pro­tec­tion.

“A typ­i­cal ex­am­ple is the fifth gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile net­work (5G). There is no 5G net­work de­ploy­ment in Nige­ria at the mo­ment, how­ever, we are de­vel­op­ing a pol­icy frame­work that will guide the de­ploy­ment of 5G in Nige­ria to sup­port the dig­i­tal strat­egy and broad­band pol­icy of the govern­ment,” he added.

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