The Fifth Generation (5G) technology would be implemented this year, according to Umar Danbatta, the chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Danbatta said this at the 90th Telecom Consumer Parliament, which was held in Lagos. He also said that the commission would bring out 5G technology in August with help from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
According to him, the rollout of the 5G spectrum would hasten the expansion of Nigeria’s broadband services.
The final letters of award have been given to MTN and Mafab Communications, who won the 3.5GHz Spectrum auction held on December 13, 2021, according to the NCC chief.
“In line with the information memorandum, the licensees are expected to commence the rollout of 5G services effective from August 24, 2022.
“The successful completion of the process leading to the final letters is confirmation that the rollout of 5G technology services in Nigeria is on course.”
He stressed that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had revealed that 5G network would ensure Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), massive Machine-type Communications ( mMTC) and Ultra-reliable and low-latency communications ( URLLC).
He added: “In line with the demographic changes, internet penetration grew from three per cent in 2004 to 73.82 per cent as of September 2022 while broadband penetration increased from less than 10 per cent in 2015 to 40.01 per cent in September 2021.
“The potential for expansion is a great opportunity for 5G deployment as operators are certain of recouping their investment.”