- There are indications that Nigerians will begin the use of 5G network for internet browsing starting from 2022
- This is as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved three telecommunications firms to bid for the 5G spectrum auction
- The successful companies who got the approval from the NCC are MTN Nigeria plc, Mafab Communications Limited, and Airtel Networks Limited
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday, December 2, announced that three telecommunications companies in the country have qualified as approved bidders for the 3.5GHz spectrum auction.
The auction is for the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) technology in the country beginning from January 2022, The Nation reports.
The bidders are MTN Nigeria plc, Mafab Communications Limited, and Airtel Networks Limited.
Announcing the development, Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s director of public affairs, in a statement seen by Premium Times said:
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“Consequently, the stage is now set for the three companies to participate in the Main Auction as well as in the mandatory Mock Auction process, which will come as a precursor to the Main Auction."
The commission has also reaffirmed the dates for the conduct of both the mock auction and the main auction will be Friday, December 10, and Monday, December 13, respectively at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja by 11:00 am.
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Meanwhile, the NCC had asked Nigerians to expect smart cities, self-driving cars, robust telemedicine, and others after the deployment of the fifth-generation technology in Nigeria.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, reveals this why making his speech at a summit titled: “Unlocking 5G potential in Africa”, held on StreamYard, on Monday.
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NCC revealed that training, sensitising stakeholders, and collaborating was taking place to deploy 5G effectively.
Danbatta emphasised Nigeria’s readiness to deploy 5G and highlighted some of the steps taken by the commission towards deploying the technology in the country.
“Trainings are ongoing and we are expanding the spectrum of beneficiaries, especially engineers and others who will extend knowledge to others.
“We are emphasising enhanced broadband both in the wholesale and retail segments. We will also continue to sensitise people about the usefulness of 5G and we will continue existing collaborations with sub-regional, continental and global partners to ensure we deploy 5G with effectiveness.”