High Expectations As 5G Beckons In Nigeria

Metal antenna symbol with letters 5G on white

Technically, all is now set for the deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) Networks in Nigeria. 

  However, the chief telecom regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is awaiting final approval from the Federal Government. 

 According to the Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, only the Nigerian government has the power for such approval,  adding that the Commission had begun the process of deploying Fifth Generation (5G) technology, which is largely depended on the appropriate frequency spectrum.

He disclosed this during the Public Inquiry on two regulatory instruments draft held in Abuja, the nation’s capital city. 

 Danbatta explained that the two key regulatory instruments were tailored to meet the challenges and to further strengthen the market structure of the industry. 

The instruments are: Annual Operating Regulations and the Frequency Spectrum Regulations, which fees and pricing fall under. 

“The first instrument will bring the regulations in line with current realities and sustain the enviable contributions of the communications sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 

“The second instrument is a vehicle that enables the commission to meet its role and exclusive mandate in Section 121 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 by assigning this scarce national resource in an equitable manner. 

“The regulations also ensure that frequency spectrum are assigned and managed in a way that ensures fair pricing and efficient deployment of attendant services. 

“The public inquiry is precursor to the commission’s current drive to ensure efficiency in spectrum management and unveiling of next generation services through varied enablers. 

 When deployed, Nigeria is expected to derive huge socio-economic benefits from commercial deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) Networks