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NCC approves spectrum for 5G trail

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the spectrum for the trial of 5G services in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta stated this at the opening of the maiden International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Digital African Week on Tuesday in Abuja.

Prof Danbatta said that Nigeria had exceeded the 30 per cent penetration target set by the National Broadband Plan of 2013 to 2018 and stood at 33.31 per cent at the end of June 2019.

He said that the commission had developed a framework to facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure across the country through the licensing of Infrastructure Companies (INFRACO).

According to Prof Umar Danbatta, the framework would also deploy metro and intercity fibre and broadband Point of Access with a minimum capacity of IOG bps across the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria.

He said that the NCC had taken steps to involve members of the Academia as strategic stakeholders in the activities towards developing the Telecom sector.

Prof Danbatta stated that the Research and Development Department of NCC was collaborating with Universities and other institutions of higher learning to develop the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

He assured that the NCC would continue to drive and implement policies, projects and programs aimed at facilitating digital revolution and digital inclusion in Nigeria.

Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, Mr Bako Wakil said that the program was to bring the African perspective to the standardisation of the new technologies to fit and support African nations.

Mr Wakil said that the African nations could also contribute to the standardisation process of the ITU and also come up with those proposals and ideas that best suit the African nation.

A representative of Uganda, Mrs Helen Nakiguli explained that the group was responsible for evaluating ICT effects on climate change and study design methodology for ICT environmental effects generally.

Nakiguli noted that the interest was to engage the African region to be part of the standards development that will help the African region and the study group.