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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the country is ready for the ultra-speedy 5G network bandwidth, for faster and efficient internet services.In an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja, the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, (NCC), Mr Sunday Dare said consultations open by the Regulator concerning spectrum licensing and other necessary plans and modalities in preparation to aid the roll out of 5G networks is ongoing.
The ECSM also added that, 774 Local Governments of the country, which includes hinterlands (Under served areas), will be considered in the deployment of fiber optic cables to deepen broadband penetration. He added that the Commission had been preparing the country for it by bringing together critical stakeholders to examine the legal, regulatory and technological issues, apart from developing a road map.
“We have opened up consultations on spectrum for drones, and other modalities. We are proactively leading discussions on the development of new technologies. This does not mean that we are going to discard the 2G, 3G or 4G. Each one of these levels of technologies has its benefits and the fact remains that you have to move from one level to the other,” Dare said.
Recall that, the NCC recently held a one-day stakeholders forum to brainstorm on Nigeria’s readiness for 5G and High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) technology. The forum was organised by the Telecom Regulator, to bring stakeholders in the telecom sector together to develop a regulatory framework in preparation for 5G and HAPS technologies in preparedness toward massive deployment of infrastructure tailored to support the technology.