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5G Deployment: Consultation ongoing – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published the Draft Consultation Document on the deployment of fifth-generation (5G) Mobile Technology in Nigeria.

NCC Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Adinde said that the Draft Consultation Document for the deployment of  5G in Nigeria has been produced and uploaded on NCC’s official website (www.ncc.gov.ng).

He explained that the document defined the implementation plan for the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.

“The NCC wishes to draw the attention of the general public to the fact that the Commission has not concluded plans for the deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) network.

“It provides a background into the benefits of 5G technology and outlines the Commission’s plans and strategies for a successful implementation of 5G in Nigeria.

“It presents guidelines for the relevant areas of the technology and the expectations of the Commission from the operators.

“This plan takes into account the expectations of all the stakeholders in the communications industry in Nigeria,” he said.

Adinde, however, said that Nigeria undertook 5G trials in selected locations within the country in collaboration with an operator in 2019.

The trial, among others, was to study and observe health or security challenges the 5G network might present.

He noted that the commission also had an ongoing engagement with the academia while at the same time funding 5G related research projects.

Adinde said the projects were to ensure that the nation was provided with the best in terms of research findings and policy input, to drive the implementation of 5G technology in Nigeria.

“These engagements are targeted at enabling the development of robust policies, which will put Nigeria in the best place to contribute maximally to the digital economy drive of the nation.

“The specific targets of these engagements include the development of policies which have the potential of accelerating the deployment of 5G networks in Nigeria,

“Maximizing the productivity and efficiency benefits of 5G to the nation, Creating new opportunities for Nigerian businesses at home and abroad and encouraging in-country investment.

“Ensuring the operations of 5G networks are in conformity with international standards for the avoidance of doubt, as with the previous technologies such as 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G,” he said.

He assured that the NCC would not commence 5G deployment without due consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

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