The National Policy on 5G networks for Nigeria’s digital economy has now been approved by Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council. The approval followed a presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. The implementation of the National Policy will now take immediate effect.
Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Femi Adeluyi has disclosed that the National Frequency Management Council will soon release spectrum to the Nigerian Communications Commission for the Mobile Network Operators that meet all the required conditions.
“The NCC, as the regulator of the telecommunications sector, will continue engaging stakeholders with a view to developing the regulatory instruments required for the successful deployment of the technology in Nigeria,” said Adeluyi .
Two years of development
In his statement, Adeluyi noted that the National Policy has been developed over a period of two years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness and sensitivity around 5G technology.
Adeluyi stated that leading international organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the International Telecommunications Union, an arm of the United Nations, have confirmed that the deployment of 5G networks is safe and has no adverse effects on health.
“5G networks offer significant advantages over the current technologies. Some of its advantages include much lower latency, higher bandwidth, greater device density, longer battery life for nodes, and greater network flexibility. Several countries have already commenced the deployment of 5G and are enjoying its benefits,” stated Adeluyi, who listed the countries to include the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, South Africa, and Lesotho.
Memorandum of Understanding
Ahead of the approval, the commission had signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate the release of contiguous C-band spectrum for early deployment of 5G networks in Nigeria.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in Nigeria, also addressed journalists at the presidential villa, saying: “I presented (a memo) before the Federal Executive Council and was approved after deliberation, that is the National Policy on fifth generation network for Nigeria’s digital economy. That policy has been approved by the Federal Executive Council today.”
“Furthermore, the policy discusses the benefits to be attained through the deployment of 5G in Nigeria and any part of the world which includes lower latency, larger capacity, and higher data rate,” Pantami continued.