According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country is 97 percent ready for the deployment and implementation of 5G.
On Thursday, October 14, during the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AFRITECH) 2021, held in Lagos with the subject “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal,” NCC Executive Vice Chairman Professor Umar Danbatta affirmed the commission’s preparedness.
He also stated that the NCC is working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion, noting that this paradigm shift in communication has resulted in a significant increase in network connectivity requirements as a result of an unprecedented increase in internet traffic caused by the use of a variety of web applications.
Danbatta also revealed that a proposal to auction spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) band to operators for the development of a 5G network in Nigeria is in the works.
“Already, we are set for the auction of some spectrum slots in the 3.5GHz band. The other day I was at the National assembly, I informed the senate that we were 95 percent ready for 5G. Today as we speak, I am delighted to tell you that we are already at 97 percent completion.
“Consistent with our mandate as enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA-2003) and other guiding legislations, we have been working to ensure the penetration of broadband services in line with Federal Government’s targets, as contained in Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP), 2020 to 2025.
“The Committee set up to auction the Spectrum has already developed an Information Memorandum (IM) which is already published for inputs and comments from all industry stakeholders. Prior to this, a 5G deployment plan was developed and we have since secured Federal Government’s approval.”