FG Approves Deployment of 5G Network

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The Federal Executive Council has approved the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, who disclosed this yesterday while speaking with newsmen at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, also revealed that the Council in approving the 5G took cognisance of the report of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) that pronounced it safe to human health.

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Dr. Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in a statement revealed that the 5G policy implementation would take immediate effect

He explained that the National Policy has been developed over a period of 2 years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness and sensitization.

Adeluyi added that the stakeholder engagement was thorough and multi-sectoral in nature.

According to him, “It also took into account the report of the 3-month 5G trials that commenced on the 25th of November 2019.  The report critically reviewed and studied the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.

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“5G networks offer significant advantages over the current technologies. Some of its advantages include much lower latency, higher bandwidth, greater device density, longer battery life for nodes and greater network flexibility.

“Several countries have already commenced the deployment of 5G and are enjoying its benefits.  These countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Lesotho, to mention but a few.”

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He further added that the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), chaired by Minister Pantami, 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,” he stated.

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