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Nigeria inches closer to 5G, as NCC mulls multi-sector policy for adoption

…Commission to establish policy for 5G with multi-sector stakeholders

By Juliet Umeh

The Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta have said that socio-economic benefits of the expansion in telecommunications capabilities embarked upon by the Commission would be of immense benefit to the country, especially with the roll out of the 5G technology.

In his keynote address at the 2020 National Information Technology Reporters Association, NITRA Virtual Innovative Tech Webinar, Danbatta noted that the economic benefits of 5G to Nigeria post corona virus pandemic will be huge, especially as almost all businesses and activities of government are migrating and offering their services online.

While nothing that 5G is currently being test run in about 40 countries,” he said: “This will be a significant upgrade for networks and will be the backbone for the ICT industry post-pandemic recovery.”

Speaking on the topic: ‘Multi-Stakeholder Approach to National Recovery Post-Pandemic,’ EVC said: “According to the ITU, 5G technology is expected to connect people, things, data, applications, transport systems and cities in smart networked communications environments.

“5G is meant to seamlessly connect a massive number of embedded sensors in virtually everything through the ability to scale down in data rates, power, and mobility, providing extremely lean and low-cost connectivity solutions,” he stated.

He noted the efforts of NCC towards establishing a policy with multi-sector stakeholders.
He said: “The Commission is vigorously working to establish a policy for 5G with multi-sector Stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, The Academia, Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Industry Consultative Advisory Forum, ICAF, and a host of others.

“Our goal is that when the Federal Government is able to establish a policy that will drive 5G, all the benefits of 5G will be properly harnessed by Nigerians. The Commission is also working to ensure the safety of 5G networks in Nigeria by having multi-stakeholder approach in environmental impact analysis on the use of 5G and the Electromagnetic Fields, EMF, impact on humans in Nigeria.

“Once this is done, Nigerians can safely utilize 5G and reap all the economic, human and material benefits of 5G,” Danbatta said.

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