NCC Denies Any Imminent Switch To 5G In Nigeria

The Commission has unequivocally stated that “there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment.”

Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta / Photo credit: NCC
Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta / Photo credit: NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refuted the information circulating on social media that the Nigerian Telecoms industry is going to switch on 5G in Lagos anytime between Sunday 10th and Tuesday 12th May 2020.

The NCC said that the statement about the imminent switch from the faceless individuals or groups could not be any further from the truth.

The Commission has unequivocally stated that “there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment.”

The NCC, in a statement back in November 2019, said it had approved trial test for 5G for a period of three (3) months and that the trial had been concluded and installation decommissioned.

Dr. Henry Nkemadu, the director of public affairs, who signed the statement quoted Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, as saying that, “the trial among others, was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present.

“Relevant stakeholders including members of the security agencies were invited to participate during the trial’’.

Nkemadu said, “The NCC will continue to maintain its policy of technology neutrality and will continue to encourage Service providers to deploy the best technology that will meet the needs of the society in a secured and friendly manner.”

The NCC, he said, had provided clarifications of Frequently Asked Questions on 5G in view of the recent developments in which misleading materials with no proven evidence were circulated to link CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19 with 5G Technology and therefore refuted the claim that there would be switching on of 5G in Lagos in its entirety.

The Commission, he said, also provided clarifications on the laying of fibre optic cables within Lagos and other parts of the country to the effect that the laying of additional fibre optic cables was to strengthen the existing 3G and 4G infrastructure to provide robust and pervasive telecoms infrastructure to improve network performance.

He said, “5G is a fifth generation of mobile technology which is an improvement of today’s 4G technology with enhanced capabilities.

“5G technology provides the platform for new and emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data to improve the way we live and work.”

Nkemadu noted that NCC had not issued any licence for 5G in Nigeria and therefore the mobile network operators (MNOS) could not switch on such technology.

He added, “NCC is technology neutral as such we don’t license technology but assigns spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by National Frequency Management Council (NFMC).

“As the telecoms regulator, we enjoin Nigerians to get accurate information from us rather than relying on information emanating on social media by some individuals out of ignorance to misinform our people.”

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