The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a national policy on 5G networks for the country’s digital economy.
This came after a presentation by Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, at a Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the Minister’s Technical Assistant on Information Technology, Dr Femi Adeluyi, the national policy will be implemented immediately.
According to the statement, “the national policy was developed over a two-year period due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and adequate public awareness and sensitization.” The stakeholder engagement was extensive and cross-sectoral. It also considered the report from the three-month 5G trials, which began on November 25th, 2019. The report examined and researched the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.
“Leading international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a United Nations organ, have confirmed that the deployment of 5G networks has no negative health effects and is safe.
“In comparison to current technologies, 5G networks offer significant advantages. Its benefits include much lower latency, higher bandwidth, higher device density, longer node battery life, and greater network flexibility.
“Several countries have already begun 5G deployment and are reaping the benefits. These countries include, to name a few, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and Lesotho.
“The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), chaired by Minister Pantami, will soon release spectrum to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) who meet all of the requirements.”
“As the telecommunications sector’s regulator, the NCC will continue to engage stakeholders in order to develop the regulatory instruments required for the successful deployment of the technology in Nigeria.”