5G network licences not issued in Nigeria yet - NCC says

5G network licences not issued in Nigeria yet - NCC says

- The Nigerian Communications Commission has dismissed the rumours that the telecoms industry in the country will switch to 5G on Tuesday, May 12

- According to the NCC, there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment

- The commission urged Nigerians to rely on accurate information rather than social media messages circulated to misinform people

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has cleared the air over the viral rumours that Nigeria's telecoms industry will switch to Fifth-Generation (5G) network on Tuesday, May 12.

The NCC through a statement by its spokesman Henry Nkemmadu, on Monday, May 11, said rumours are false.

In the statement, the commission stated that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment.

Legit.ng notes that the NCC had in 2019 approved a trial test for 5G for a period of three months. The trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.

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5G network licences not issued in Nigeria yet - NCC says

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NCC's executive vice-chairman, Umar Danbata, in the statement, said 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,” he said.

The NCC added that there is no way mobile network operators can switch to 5G when they don't have license for it.

“NCC has not issued any licence for 5G in Nigeria and therefore, the mobile network operators (MNOs) cannot switch on such technology," the statement added.

The commission urged Nigerians to rely on accurate information rather than social media messages circulated to misinform people.

5G is the fifth generation of mobile technology, which is an improvement on the current 4G technology being used, with enhanced capabilities.

There have been a series of unsubstantiated claims linking coronavirus or COVID-19 with 5G technology. Legit.ng fact-checked some of the claims here.

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Also, the federal government of Nigeria denied the claims that the futuristic 5G network in mobile telecommunication is responsible for the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The government issued the denial through its public enlightenment body, the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

To disabuse Nigerians of the notion that mobile masts caused COVID-19 spread, the NOA tweeted on Sunday, April 5 that there is not scientifically-proved evidence of such a claim.

"Social media is awash with messages that suggest 5G telecom masts may be responsible for #COVID19 outbreak in countries where service has been launched.@NigeriaGov has not issued 5G operational license yet. No scientific evidence linking 5G network to #COVID19," the NOA tweeted.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has asked the federal government to suspend the alleged planned deployment of the 5G network in the country.

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The upper chamber of the National Assembly made the demand on Tuesday, May 5, after the deliberation on a motion by Senator Uche Ekwunife.

Ekwunife in her motion argued that there was a need for the federal government to assure Nigerians about the safety of the 5G network.

The lawmaker stated that there were concerns by some scientists and medical experts that emission from 5G towers could adversely affect the health of citizens by causing symptoms like damage to the eyes and immune systems, among other adverse effects.

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