By Juliet Umeh
The Computer Professionals, Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, has called on the government to consider the adoption of 5G in the country as it is capable of fast-tracking economic growth and migrating it into a full digital economy as well.
CPN council made the call at a world-class Virtual IT Professionals’ Assembly tagged: “The Technological and Regulatory Challenges” to address all the misgivings, misinterpretations and misconceptions surrounding the issue of adoption and deployment of 5G networks in Nigeria.
Speaking on the benefits of 5G, MCPN President/Chairman-in-Council Registrar, Prof. Charles Uwadia, listed the council’s recommendations.
He noted that adoption of 5G will help complete adoption of Information Technology as well as migration of Government operations from manual to digital which will make the country conform to the benchmark of Government operations in the 21st century.
He said: “Deployment of 5G in Nigeria has numerous advantages which include faster internet connection, smoother user experience and huge deployment of Information Technology to drive growth and development of industries.
“The adoption of 5G networks to Governments at all levels will derive huge socio-economic benefits from commercial deployment. The new networks will come with great potentials that will boost the entire spectrum of Nigeria’s socio economic ecosystem.
“It will bring about transformation in the country in the area of smart city, smart transportation, efficiency in medicine as well as a lot of automation in respect of our appliances and devices with respect to Internet of Things, IoT.
“The country will also benefit immensely in terms of faster speed, high latency and high capacity that will transform consumer and business experiences because the difference between all other existing generations of technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G lies in speed and data capacity.
“Provision of good and adequate supply of power will enable the citizenry to enjoy the benefits of 5G network and derive huge socio-economic benefits from commercial deployment of the fifth generation (5G) networks. Therefore, there is a need for the Federal Government to intensify its efforts in addressing the power challenges in the country,” Uwadia said.
The Council urged the Federal Government to ensure that the cost of 5G compatible devices is affordable to Nigerian so that the citizens can benefit from the new technology
It added: “The Federal Government of Nigeria should declare Information Technology and Telecommunications as a critical national infrastructure to facilitate the success of the national broadband strategy.
Governments at various levels should also intensify their efforts to embrace IT with its attendant potentials of facilitating governance and eradicating corruption in the country,” Council recommends.