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5G’ll power post pandemic industry recovery, says NCC

By Stanley Iwuoha

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta says 5G infrastructure when confirmed safe and ready for deployment will be the backbone for the future ICT industry post-pandemic recovery.

Prof. Danbatta, who spoke at 2020 edition of Nigeria Innovation Week said that the deployment when completed will be a significant upgrade for networks.

He explained that the roll out of the 5G technology which presently is being test run in about plenty countries, the NCC boss said the socio-economic benefits of the expansion in telecommunications infrastructure embarked upon by the Commission would be of immense benefit to the country.”

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”The 5G technology which currently is being test run in about forty (40) countries, the NCC boss said the socio-economic benefits of the expansion in telecommunications infrastructure embarked upon by the Commission would be of immense benefit to the country.this will be a significant upgrade for networks and will be the backbone for the future ICT industry post-pandemic recovery.

‘‘Nigeria is exploring the potential benefits of deploying 5G technology as well as any health implications and once the coast is clear, a massive campaign will begin to enlighten Nigerians on the immense benefits that will be attained through 5G technology,’’ he said.

For Nigeria to succeed, he contended that aggressive investment must be pursued in the sector to achieve ubiquitous backbone infrastructure service delivery.

”It is a well-known fact that nations that plan to succeed must have well-articulated policies in place to ensure the safety and security of its citizens, however, the COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed the frailties of even the most advanced nations.

”At the Nigerian Communications Commission, we are driven by the vision to build a telecommunications market defined by universal access to affordable and equitable service and that’s why, as EVC of NCC, I introduced the ICT industry to my Strategic Vision Plan (8-point agenda) on assumption of office as the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer in August 2015, which focused primarily on my 8 pillars.

”It is a well-known fact that nations that plan to succeed must have well-articulated policies in place to ensure the safety and security of its citizens, however, the COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed the frailties of even the most advanced nations.”

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