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FG approves 5G internet connectivity for Nigeria

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FEDERAL Government has approved the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Network for Nigeria.

  The approval was made during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

  Speaking with newsmen at the end of the meeting, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Patami, explained that implementation of the policy would take immediate effect.

  Explaining that it took two years to develop the national policy because of the need for extensive stakeholders’ engagement and adequate public awareness and sensitisation, Pantami further stated that the report critically reviewed health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria before approval was made by government.

  According to him, World Health Oragnisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) confirmed that deployment of 5G networks leaves no adverse health effect.

  “5G networks offer significant advantages over current technologies. Some of its advantages include much lower latency, higher bandwidth, greater device density, longer battery life for nodes and greater network flexibility. Several countries have already started the deployment of 5G and are enjoying its benefits.

These countries include the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Lesotho, to mention a few. The National Frequency Management Council, chaired by Pantami, will soon release spectrum to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for Mobile Network Operators that meet all the required conditions.

The NCC, as the regulator of the telecommunications sector, will continue engaging stakeholders with a view to developing the regulatory instruments required for the successful deployment of the new technology in Nigeria,” Patami said.

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