5G Network in Nigeria gets FG approval
The Nigerian government has approved the deployment of 5G (Fifth Generation) network in the country.
The network was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami told newsmen that the 5G network was approved by the following report of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) that it is safe and has no health effect.
Pantami said that the radiation of the 5G network is lower than that of 4G currently in use in the country, adding that the 5G network has many advantages over the current technologies.
He said the approval takes effect immediately and would be carried out in phases between now and the year 2025. He said it would start from major cities where there is a need for very high-quality broadband.
The Minister said the approval of the 5G network will boost Nigeria’s telecommunications sector and its digital economy. He added that it will also bring opportunities in the economic, education, health and security sectors in Nigeria. He said the approval will yield greater network flexibility, higher bandwidth, larger capacity and lower latency.
According to him, the 5G network is currently in use in the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, South Africa, China, Switzerland, Germany and Lesotho, among others.
He said that the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), Chaired by himself would soon release spectrum to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) that meet all the required conditions.
“The NCC as the regulator of the telecommunications sector, will continue engaging stakeholders with a view to developing the regulatory instruments required for the successful deployment of the technology in Nigeria.
“NCC with the approval has been directed to develop a regulatory instrument that will ensure the safety of the 5G network, because we as a government gives more priority and preference to the health and security of our citizens,” he said.