- Plans to deploy the Fifth Generation (5G) Technology in Nigeria's telecommunications industry, has been confirmed
- The federal government made the announcement on Wednesday, May 5, through the NCC
- According to the NCC, resources and revenues to be earned from the deployment are huge
The Federal Government has announced it is going ahead with arrangements for the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) Technology in the telecommunications industry.
This was made known on Wednesday, May 5, in a series of tweets by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and sighted by Legit.ng.
It was gathered that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NCC and the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) was signed at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja.
According to Prof. Adeolu Akande, the chairman of the NCC board, 5G services have already been deployed in the United States of America, South Korea, and many more countries.
While allaying fears and concerns on health and security implications, the Nigerian government asserted that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind, adding that the resources and revenues to be earned are huge.
"The global impact of 4G brought about increases in mobile usage and network performance. 5G will build on this momentum, bringing substantial network improvements, including higher connection speeds, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that NCC cleared the air over the viral rumours that Nigeria's telecoms industry will switch to Fifth-Generation (5G) network.
The NCC through a statement by its spokesman Henry Nkemmadu said the rumours were false. In the statement, the commission stated that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria.
NCC had in 2019 approved a trial test for 5G for a period of three months. The trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.
In a related development, the federal government denied claims making the rounds 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.
Source: Legit Nigeria