The Nigerian Telecommunications Regulator has urged stakeholders to collaborate for the success of the Fifth Generation technology in the country.
The regulator said collaboration is the success path to 5G deployment in Africa’s most populous nation and that industry must work to turn the challenges into opportunities
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta said in Lagos recently that partnership is very essential to successful deployment of 5G Services in Nigeria.
He said the Commission has set out the regulatory instruments needed for fast deployment of the new versatile technology for the benefit of the consumers and the stakeholders.
Danbatta, therefore, invited the support of all stakeholders to ensure that 5G technology is deployed in Nigeria in a manner beneficial to all telecoms consumers and to support the emergent Digital Economy Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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“We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders across sectors to ensure faster deployment of 5G services, and accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s broadband infrastructure,” he said.
The policy framework for the deployment, he noted, has come into place and will facilitate deployment of services by the recent winners of the 3.5GHz spectrum auction, MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd and MAFAB Communications Ltd.
Challenges in 5G deployment include limited frequencies with the required spectral efficiency, skilled professionals with requisite knowledge of the technology, fewer number of 5G-enabled devices, and cost of deployment.
Danbatta said industry must work to turn the challenges into opportunities rather than seeing them as obstacles, adding, the issues that should militate against or slow down the deployment of 5G technology are themselves opportunities that can potentially create new revenue streams or new subsectors in the industry.