Nigeria starts 5G trial

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given the green light for the trial of 5G services in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Umar Danbatta has unveiled this during the opening of the maiden International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Digital African Week in Abuja.

Danbatta said that Nigeria had exceeded the 30 per cent penetration target set by the National Broadband Plan of 2013 to 2018 and stood at 33.31 per cent at the end of June 2019.

He said the commission had developed a framework to facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure across the country through the licensing of Infrastructure Companies (INFRACO).

Danbatta said the framework would also deploy metro and intercity fibre and broadband point of access with a minimum capacity of IOG bps across the 774 local government areas of Nigeria.

He assured that the NCC would continue to drive and implement policies, projects and programmes aimed at facilitating digital revolution and digital inclusion in Nigeria. “We have put in place broadband implementation and a Monitoring Committee (BIMC) to monitor the full implementation of the INFRACO projects within the four-year implementation plan.

“With the development of Smart Cities KPIs by the ITU, it is imperative to have pervasive and ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across all our towns and cities to achieve the objectives of making them Smart.

“We will continue to work hard to ensure that all citizens of Nigeria have access to affordable broadband connection in respective of their circumstances or location,” he said.

On the other hand, Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, said that the programme was to bring the African perspective to the standardization of the new technologies to fit and support African nations.

Mr Wakil concluded that the African nations could also contribute to the standardization process of the ITU and also come up with proposals and ideas that best suit the African nation.

Source: Premium Times