Deployment Of 5G Network Coming Soon As Govt Gives Greenlight


The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has said it will soon deploy the Five Generation network (5G) in Nigeria.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Abuja.

He said the decision to deploy the 5G network followed an outcome of thorough investigations, research and trial absolving it of posing a security or health threat.
Pantami further disclosed that the national policy on 5G stands at 95 per cent done and will be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in due course.
“I want to give you the assurance that 5G communication network is in the pipeline”, he said.

Pantami, said that the primary concern of the government was to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians in their utilisation of services in the telecommunications sector, adding that the delay in the deployment of the 5G network was due to some conspiracy theories.
The Minister said, “Our government is a listening one; so we listen to constructive criticisms, respect it and appreciate it and at least we value it. We’d reached an advanced stage of 5G, then, an issue came up that 5G was related to COVID-19; many people including the educated ones started circulating it without verification.

“Naturally, people are a bit scared and sceptical about technology. So we gave enough time to do more consultation, creating awareness in local languages to engage our citizens to address all the challenges.
“We set up a technical team that accommodated security, health and environmental institutions and the public sector so that we can be on the same page. I want to assure you that the 5G communication network is in the pipeline.”

Pantami said the ministry had started discussions with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) concerning spectrum for commercial purposes and will soon give it to mobile operators to start deployment.

He said, “From that spectrum, NCC will give it to mobile operators to start deployment; so, the policy is almost ready. I went to the National Assembly, I defended our presentation and they have accepted and they have also endorsed the deployment of 5G.

“They have also encouraged us to learn from other countries that have deployed 5G and we have already done that. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that there is no relationship between the 5G network and COVID-19 and that addresses the health issue.

“Similarly, the International Communications Union (ICU), which is an arm of the UN, also issued another statement debunking any implications from the 5G.”

In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the planned successor to the 4G networks providing connectivity to most current cellphones.

It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks and enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything including machines, objects, and devices.

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