NCC confirms 97% readiness for 5G deployment

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed its 97% readiness to begin full implementation of the 5G deployment in the country.

Speaking at the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTech) held in Lagos, with thetheme: “NCC as a Digital Transformation Crusader and Nigeria’s in–Road to 5G Deployment” the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta while confirming the readiness, noted that due to the global pandemic, there has been a change in the way people interact especially on the internet.

Danbatta, who was represented at the event by the Director, Spectrum Administration, Engr. Oluwatoyin Asaju and the Director Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said the NCC was working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion to respond to the network traffic demand.

According to him, “We are set for the auction of some spectrum slots in the 3.5GHz band. Today, I am delighted to tell you that we are already at 97% completion. The committee set up to auction the Spectrum has already developed an information Memorandum, IM which is already published for inputs and comments from stakeholders. Prior to this, a 5G deployment plan was developed and we have since secured Federal Government ‘s approval”.

He listed other initiatives the agency is working on as part of efforts to improve broadband connectivity in Nigeria.


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