The Nigerian communication commission has approved the trials of 5G services in Nigeria. The Nigerian telecom industry regulator also concluded negotiations on counterpart funding to the infrastructure company.
This will allow the deployment of broadband infrastructure that will enable smart services and other emerging technologies to he hosted. This was disclosed by the NCCs Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, at the First Digital Africa Week organized by international telecommunications union (ITU) and hosted by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).
In his word, Prof. Dambata told that; “In this regard, we have approved spectrum for the trial of 5G services in the country,” he further added that ’’The NCC will continue to drive and implement policies, projects, and programs aimed at facilitating digital revolution and digital inclusion in Nigeria.
In this regards, we have approved spectrum for the trial of 5G services in the country” To make sure everything works out well, Prof. Dambata told journalists that he has set up a committee- Broadband Implementation Monitoring Committee (BIMC) to monitor the full implementation of the Infrastructure Companies project within the four-year implementation plan.
This came at a time when Nigerians were not expecting giving the number of states that has 4G connections. The NCC boss had sometimes in 2018 dropped hints about the commission’s plans for 5G and as at then started working on the regulatory and policy framework that would enable the deployment of 5G network in the country latest by 2020.
He also added that three spectrums 26GHz, 38GHz, and 42GHz will be assigned to operators to use in the rollout of the advanced technology.
According to him, he said the NCC framework has led to the licensing of six infrastructure companies (Infracos) specifically for North East, North West, South East, South West, South-South and Lagos.
They will also be a seventh one for The Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) and the north-central that will be awarded very soon.
According to Prof. Dambata, The infracos will deploy metro and intercity fiber and broadband point of access with a minimum capacity of 10 gigabytes per second (10 Gbps) across the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria.
This latest development if fully implemented. will lead to faster internet connectivity across the country. It will also be a game-changer