Telecommunications stakeholders has rally their support towards Senate’s decision to carry out a deeper investigation on the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) network in Nigeria.
The decision taken by Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber emanated from controversy surrounding deploying 5G technology in the country.
Recall, Business Remarks earlier reported, the Senate has ordered the federal government, its Ministries and agencies to suspend any execution or deployment of 5G, which in the last few weeks generated a lot of controversy.
The motion which was raised yesterday by Senator Uche Ekwunife drew the attention of the senators to the status of the 5G network in the country.
Ekwunife said her motion was borne out of the need to assure Nigerians of their safety by asking the Federal Government to postpone the launch until a proper investigation was carried out.
Reacting to this, telecom experts posited that senate decision to carry out investigation is a welcome development.
According to them, this will address and eliminate any concern and public reservation against 5G deployment in Nigeria.
The Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Engr Gbenga Adebayo maintain unreserved support towards conducting 5G investigations.
Adebayo noted that there is nothing shady about 5G network and the adoption of digital technology cannot be stopped.
In his words, “there is no problem with conducting the investigation to clear all doubt if there is any because there is nothing not to be investigated.
“But we need to be aware that this is technology, and Nigeria is not a developer of this technology. We can only delay it, but not be able to stop it.”
Adebayo addressed that 5G is a protocol developed for the mobile network operators by the international regulatory agency, which Nigeria is part of.
“So, we can only delay the implementation but we cannot stop it. This is like going from analogue to digital.
“As an expert, ALTON have no objection to the decision on conducting any investigation on 5G technology by the Senate. Let them do it to clear all doubt.”Adebayo said.
However, Adebayo called the attention of the senate to due process.
Recall, the Senate mandated the Committees on Communication, Public Health and Science and Technology to carry out an investigation and report back within four weeks.
Conducting the investigation, according to Adebayo, is the sole responsibility of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
“NCC have the resources, personnel and equipments to carry out the study. I do not see the investigation Senate want to carry out without involving NCC. Unless they want to carry out political investigation, because if it is technical and engineering investigation, the Commission have to be involved.
While maintaining its stand on supporting senate decision to address any concern on 5G, Adebayo stressed that NCC is the right agency to carry out the study.
Similarly, the President, Association of Telecommunications Company of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola pledged their support towards Senate’s decision.
On his part, Teniola said ATCON will like to work with both the legislators and executive arms of government to address any concerns the Senate has raised regarding 5G.
“During the extensive COVID-19 lockdown a number of false claims have been made about 5G and it appears the Senate is also concerned about these false claims and wants to verify if there is anything behind these claims. WHO, ITU and world wide renowned associations have put paid to these false claims and fake news that has been taken down by social media companies.” he stated.
Furthermore, the ATCON Boss said “it has always been the case that NCC will hold wider stakeholder engagement concerning 5G deployments in Nigeria.
“The 4 weeks the legislators have requested a committee to report back to them is sufficient time for the industry to make its case and work with them to ensure Nigeria maximises the opportunity that this technology and future technologies bring to the development of our nation.” Teniola addressed.