Next year, it is highly likely that Nigeria will be among the ten African countries offering 5G. The controversy around mobile technology as the cause of Covid-19 resolved, the telecoms regulator is already preparing its launch on the market.
The Communications Commission of Nigeria (NCC) has started to draft the information memorandum for the sale of the frequency spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, intended for the early deployment of 5G in the country. On Saturday 19 June, a special committee was set up for this purpose by Umar Garba Danbatta (photo), the executive vice-president of the NCC. The information memorandum that it will produce will define, among other things, the process adopted by the NCC for the sale of frequency spectrum, details on its availability, the prequalification process, the auction process, the indicative timetable.
Umar Garba Danbatta said that Nigeria’s obtaining harmonized frequencies for the deployment of 5G in Nigeria is the fruit of many efforts initiated by national governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with telecommunications, at national, regional and continental. He also indicated that thanks to additional efforts, the country which faced a problem of insufficient allocation of frequencies even obtained 160 MHz additional in the 3.5 GHz band.
The NCC’s preparations for the sale of telecom frequencies intended for 5G come a few weeks after the findings of the Senate investigation into mobile technology. Revealed on May 19, they demonstrated the harmless impact of 5G on health. The investigation entrusted on May 5 to the Senate committee in charge of health, communications, science, technology and cybercrime had been initiated following the beginning of collective hysteria born of information disseminated on the networks social reports that 5G was a source of Covid-19.
The official opening of the process of selling frequencies for 5G, it is very likely that it will occur at the end of the year. In the meantime, the government agencies in charge of telecoms issues will endeavor to put in place all the technical conditions essential to the advent of very high mobile broadband on the market. Nigeria will then join the ten African countries that have already launched 5G. The government relies on technology to support its digital transformation.