The federal government has issued a new update regarding the 5G network.
Remember that during the weekly Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government approved the National Policy on fifth-generation (5G) networks for the country’s digital economy.
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, revealed in a statement made available to journalists on Friday that the roll-out of the 5G network will take place in stages, beginning with major cities in the country.
The minister stated that cities with a high demand for high-quality broadband would be prioritized for installation. Pantami has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to begin immediate implementation of the country’s 5G plan.
The NCC is expected to publish and implement a roadmap for 5G deployment across the country, along with service roll-out obligations.
Furthermore, the Commission has been directed to begin the development of relevant regulatory instruments to address issues such as health, safety, and others in order to drive the effective implementation of 5G by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), which is also chaired by Pantami, will soon release the 5G spectrum to the NCC for auction to MNOs who will need the spectrum for 5G deployment.
The Buhari administration is confident that the deployment of a 5G network in Nigeria will create an enabling environment for investment in the telecom industry.
The government’s plan, among other things, is to ensure that 5G is effectively deployed in major urban areas by 2025. The successful and timely deployment of 5G is critical to meeting the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 for a Digital Nigeria, as well as positioning Nigeria as an early adopter of digital technology in the growing global digital economy. 5G is expected to enable several emerging technologies, generate innovative use cases, drive significant socioeconomic growth, and generate job opportunities.
Pantami commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the entire FEC members, the National Assembly, and other industry stakeholders in a statement delivered by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs of the ministry, for their roles and contributions in the journey that culminated in the approval of the country’s 5G implementation.
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