The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC is taking the task of presenting the socio-economic benefits and challenges of the buzzing Fifth Generation, 5G networks at a session in the ongoing Social Media Week, Lagos, SMWL.
The commission says this discussion which happens Thursday, will x-ray the impact of the network in Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape and the inherent challenges involved in deploying the services.
SMWL is arguably Africa’s largest digital technology and innovation conference. The seventh edition of the conference, which held in 2019, was attended by over 20,000 people. The programme also had an “online social media reach of 557 million”. The event brings together thought leaders, key stakeholders, and the public to explore issues that are important for the modern world.
The Social Media Week Lagos 2020 is tagged: HUMAN.X, a theme which centres on humanity and experience-driven approach to innovation across industries, communities, and the continent.
The NCC Special Session will hold at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Stage on Thursday.
SMWL, began today and will run through five days, ending Friday, February 28, 2020, at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The commission’s Executive Vice Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta is expected to lead the discussion at the event, which will focus on the Fifth Generation networks from different perspectives. The non-commercial first Proof of Concept (POC) trial of Fifth Generation (5G) Networks took place in the country in November 2019.
As the Commission prepares the ground for 5G networks launch, after trial by MTN Nigeria, it promises to continue taking several steps aimed at continuously improving quality of service (QoS) both for voice and data services.
Some of the steps include monthly engagement sessions with operators on QoS, quarterly QoS Industry working group meeting, engagement with the Nigerian Governors Forum to align right of way charges with that agreed courtesy of the National Economic Council resolution; and engagement with individual governors to reduce and eliminate the incidences of site shutdown by state government agencies.
The steps also include instituting benchmarking drive test across the country to measure performance of each operator in a given area and identify coverage gaps with a view to bridging them; instituting new QoS measurement mechanisms for assessing the QoS performance of operators to ensure measured performance more closely aligns with subscriber experiences across all states of the federation; deployment of QoS measurement systems at the Commission to enable near real-time assessment of QoS across the country from the Commissions office, among others
Therefore, the panel session at Social Media Week, Lagos (SMWLagos) is sponsored by NCC to provide more information, education, and knowledge required by telecom stakeholders and citizens, and to enable participants to raise critical questions that may be agitating their minds.
NCC has been a corporate participant and programming partner of The Social Media Week Lagos for five consecutive years.