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NCC debunks 5G deployment rumour

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has insisted that there is no deployment of the 5G network in the country at the moment.

NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, made this known in a statement while reacting to claims that the telecommunication industry planned to switch on 5G in Lagos on tomorrow.

  Nkemadu stressed that the claim that there would be switching on of 5G in Lagos was false.

According to Nkemadu,  the commission had approved a trial test for 5G for a period of three months in November 2019 and the trial had been concluded and installation decommissioned.

But speaking on the issue, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, explained that the trial was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present.

According to him, the NCC has provided clarifications of Frequently Asked Questions in view of the recent developments in which the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was linked to the 5G network.

“NCC has not issued any licence for 5G in Nigeria and, therefore, the mobile network operators (MNOS) cannot switch on such technology. NCC is technology neutral. As such, we don’t license technology but assigns spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC). As the telecoms regulator, we enjoin Nigerians to get accurate information from us rather than relying on information emanating on social media by some individuals out of ignorance to misinform our people,” the statement said.

He added that relevant stakeholders, including members of the security agencies, were invited to participate in the trial.

Similarly, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refuted claims of mobile network operators (MNOs) laying 5G fibre cables in Lagos State and other parts of the country.

In a statement by the NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the agency said mobile network operators (MNOs) companies were only laying fibre optic cables and deploying other equipment.

According to the NCC boss, the development is meant to “expand their networks infrastructure across the country to provide more efficient services to the consumers.”

“As we speak, any information suggesting or claiming that the equipment being deployed by the network operators are 5G equipment is purely misinformation deliberately orchestrated by individuals bent on creating ill-feelings in the industry. As the telecoms regulator, we enjoin Nigerians to get accurate information from us rather than relying on information emanating on social media by some individuals out of ignorance to misinform our people,” Danbatta said.

Meanwhile, Twitter is taking down comments inciting “harmful activity,” specifically calls to destroy wireless equipment stemming from a conspiracy theory that linked 5G to the coronavirus.

The move follows social media calls that have resulted in attacks on 5G towers in some European countries.

“We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people to engage in a harmful activity, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical 5G infrastructure, or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder,” the Twitter safety team said in a release.

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