Nigeria draws close to 5G rollout as NCC approves spectrum for trial

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, says the commission has approved dedicated spectrums for the trial of Fifth Generation services.

Danbatta said this in his opening remarks at the first Digital African Week organised by the International Telecommunications Union recently in Abuja.

He emphasised that the commission was prepared to jump-start the trial of 5G deployment in the country. “In this regard, we have approved spectrum for the trial of 5G services in the country,” he was quoted as saying.

The NCC boss had in 2018 said that the commission had begun work on the regulatory and policy framework that would enable the deployment of 5G network in the country by 2020.

He added that three spectrums – 26GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz – had been assigned for operators to use in the rollout of the advanced technology.

Prof Danbatta said the framework would also deploy metro and intercity fibre and broadband Point of Access with a minimum capacity of IOG bps across the 774 local government areas of Nigeria.

He said the NCC had taken steps to involve members of the Academia as strategic stakeholders in the activities towards developing the Telecom sector.

Mr Danbatta said the Research and Development Department of NCC was collaborating with universities and other institutions of higher learning to develop the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

He assured that the NCC would continue to drive and implement policies, projects and programmes aimed at facilitating digital revolution and digital inclusion in Nigeria.

”We have Put in place, Broadband implementation and Monitoring Committee (BIMC) to monitor the full implementation of the INFRACO projects within the four-year implementation plan.


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