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5G deployment 97% ready-NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC says 5G deployment is 97% ready in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Umar Danbatta, confirmed the  status at the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTech 2021) held in Lagos with the theme: “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal.”

Focusing his presentation on “NCC as a Digital Transformation Crusader and Nigeria’s in-Road to 5G Deployment,” Danbatta stated that, following the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a change in the dynamics of people’s interaction, especially on the Internet. According to him, almost every means of communication has become virtual in one way or the other

The EVC, however, stated that this paradigm shift in communication has led to a significant increase in network connectivity requirements as a result of an unprecedented upsurge in Internet traffic, occasioned by the use of a plethora of web applications such as Zoom, Microsoft teams, WebEx, Goto, Webner and so on.

He said this has made remote work, virtual meetings, virtual studies and virtual healthcare delivery, among others, the new normal.

According to him, even though, the network infrastructure in Nigeria has demonstrated some capacity to contain the surge in internet traffic, a lot of work is being done by the Commission to boost network capacity, sensitize the public and ensure access to affordable connectivity during the period of the pandemic and beyond.

The NCC boss, who was represented at the event by  Director, Spectrum Administration, Engr. Oluwatoyin Asaju,  and the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said the NCC is working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion due to the network traffic demand

These, he said, include an ongoing plan to auction spectrum in 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) band to operators for the deployment of 5G network in Nigeria.

Editing by Tina Oyinsan