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Nigeria inches closer to 5G, as NCC mulls multi-sector policy for adoption

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…Network to trigger $13.2 trillion sales, services by 2035

Despite the controversies surrounding the fifth-generation network, 5G over perceived relations with the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria appears closer to adopting it.

This is apparently owing to the huge economic benefits the network has been said to accrue to countries that have adopted it.

The network is also said to trigger up to $13.2 trillion in goods and services by 2035.

The country most probably wants to have a cut in this pie, as the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, just recently revealed plans for setting up a multi-sector policy framework for adoption.

The executive Vice-chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta who spoke at a conference organised by the Nigeria ICT Reporters, said the plan was to use 5G as a Post Covid economy recovery plan.

In his keynote address on the topic: ‘Multi-Stakeholder Approach to National Recovery Post-Pandemic, Danbatta said that socio-economic benefits of the expansion in telecommunications capabilities embarked upon by the NCC would be of immense benefit to the country, especially with the rollout of the 5G technology.

He said: “The Commission is vigorously working to establish a policy for 5G with multi-sector Stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, the Academia, Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Industry Consultative Advisory Forum, ICAF, and a host of others.

“Our goal is that when the Federal Government is able to establish a policy that will drive 5G, all the benefits of 5G will be properly harnessed by Nigerians. The Commission is also working to ensure the safety of 5G networks in Nigeria by having a multi-stakeholder approach in environmental impact analysis on the use of 5G and the Electromagnetic Fields, EMF, impact on humans in Nigeria.

“Once this is done, Nigerians can safely utilize 5G and reap all the economic, human and material benefits of 5G,” Danbatta said.



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