The spectrum for the test run of 5G services in Nigeria has been authorized by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
This was disclosed yesterday (August 27), in Abuja, at the opening of the maiden International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Digital African Week, by Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the commission.
According to Danbatta, the 30 percent penetration target set by the National Broadband Plan of 2013 to 2018 had been surpassed by Nigeria. Adding that at the end of June 2019, we stood at 33.31 percent.
He said the NCC through licensing of infrastructure companies has been able to create a framework to foster the use of broadband infrastructures across Nigeria
The framework created would offer a minimum capacity of IOG bps in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria and also deploy metro and inter-city fibre and broadband point of access.
Danbatta also disclosed that for the 5G project, the commission will be working with members of the academia, who will serve as strategic stakeholders in the activities towards developing the telecom sector.
The research and development department of NCC, according to its Chairman has prior to now, been partnering with Universities and other institutions of higher learning to develop the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
Danbatta gave his word that the NCC would not relent in running various policies, projects and programmes geared towards facilitating digital revolution and digital inclusion in Nigeria.
”We have put in place, broadband implementation and monitoring committee to monitor implementation of the infrastructure company projects within the four –year- implementation plan.
“With the development of smart cities KPIs by the ITU, it is imperative to have pervasive and ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across all our towns and cities to achieve the objectives of making them smart.” he said.
Speaking, the Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, Bako Wakil, disclosed that the 5G project was aimed at aligning was the African perspective with new technologies to support the African continent.
Wakil beckoned on the African Leaders to donate towards the standardisation process of the ITU and also generate proposals and ideas that best suit the African narrative.
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