The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it has started organizing trainings, awareness raising and working with stakeholders to effectively deploy 5G mobile service in the country.
NCC Executive Vice President Professor Umar Danbatta revealed this while answering questions during a webinar on “Unlocking the Potential of 5G in Africa”, held recently on StreamYard, a live streaming studio.
The webinar was co-hosted by Qualcomm and Forum Global, under the auspices of Tech Policy Talks, established to fuel debates on technology policies in the European Union. He said the ongoing trainings precede the 5G spectrum auction scheduled for Abuja on December 13.
He said the commission “broadens the spectrum of beneficiaries, especially engineers and others who will extend their knowledge to others.” We are focusing on improved broadband in both the wholesale and retail segments and we will also continue to raise awareness about the usefulness of 5G. “
He noted that NCC will continue existing collaborations with sub-regional, continental and global partners to ensure that we deploy 5G effectively, such as the West African Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Danbatta in his presentation said that 5G technology transcends the telecommunications and ICT sector as it encompasses all facets of human life. It sparked a debate that demonstrated Nigeria’s willingness to roll out 5G and in doing so underscored the centrality of the multi-stakeholder nature of the emerging conversations around technology that generated great enthusiasm.
Danbatta asserted that the NCC’s efforts to prepare for the 5G deployment with a final briefing memorandum for the 3.5 GHz auction and the establishment of a committee to auction medium band spectrum 3.5 GHz.
Other constituent initiatives of NCC include licensing infrastructure companies (InfraCos) to deploy metro and interurban fiber with at least one point of presence in each of the 774 LGAs in Nigeria, as well as opening the airwaves microwave and millimeter wave, for example, V-band 60 GHz, E-band 70/80 GHz, 38 GHz and 42 GHz, among others.