MTN Nigeria said Nigeria had become the first country in West Africa to experiment with 5G equipment and applications. He organized a demonstration in Abuja. Its 5G demonstration train travels to Calabar and Lagos, plus 5G trials in four other cities. His 5G trial will last three months using the NCC’s NNT test spectrum.
Speaking at the Abuja trial, former Executive Vice President of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe – also a member of the MTN Nigeria Board of Directors – expressed his satisfaction that Nigeria one of the countries defending the 5G test on the continent
Apparently, 5G connectivity requires huge investments in infrastructure and, according to a senior MTN official, the government will play a central role in regulating, as planned, as well as infrastructure development.
At the trial in Abuja, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ms. Isa Pantami, pointed out that the federal government was aware of the fact that the information and communications technology (ICT) sector was one of the critical sectors of the economy. To this end, he revealed that the government is preparing a decree to address key national telecommunication infrastructures.
The minister acknowledged the delay in getting approval from the regulator. Despite this, he looks forward to the successful deployment of the network.