The Nigerian Communications Commission has disclosed that 5G transition, a fifth-generation cellular network technology that provides broadband access, is currently being worked on in the country.
This was revealed at the 10th edition of the eWorld Forum in Lagos.
Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Danbatta, pointed out that the country would do everything within its capacity to ensure that Nigerians benefit immensely from the transition. Furthermore, he stressed that the commission was currently consulting with the industry on the pathway for its adoption.
The commission noted that while the country works to perfect 3G and 4G, preparations are being made to get ready for the next generation network.
Danbatta explained that the regulator would soon be attending a meeting in Egypt, to discuss the 5G question. Hence, after the meeting, it would announce a way forward for Nigeria’s adoption of the technology.
The NCC also added that it has set up a strategy to ensure access to pervasive Broadband through an Open Access Model, in line with the National Broadband Plan. This is in line with the commission’s continued doggedness in ensuring that the lacuna between the existing and planned fiber infrastructure in Nigeria is narrowed.
Also, the commission has continued to make available wireless Spectrum resources to the operators. Even more, it is creating enabling environment and level playing field through various regulatory instruments. This will improve the growth and development of the industry, and the overall impact on the socio-economic well-being of our nation.
Some of these resources cover capacity and coverage spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band and re-farming of part of the 1800 MHz and re-planning of the 800 MHz bands.