Commercialisation of fifth-generation (5G) networks in Nigeria would be negatively affected by the power infrastructure gaps that currently exist in the country.
Also inadequate fibre infrastructure in the country remained a major challenge that may hinder deployment of 5G network.
These gaps were identified by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the on-going Social Media Week (SMW) 2020 in Lagos.
Speaking on “”5G Network Deployment: Social Economic Benefits and Challenges,”” the Director, Technical Standard and Network Integrity, NCC, Mr Bako Wakil, said 5G is a clear departure from 3G and 4G networks with many economic values and something urgent need to be done to fix the power sector, else, 5G commercialisation in the country would be seriously threatened.
Mr Wakil said fifth-generation network (5G )has been designed with huge capability and requirements for today and future need and NCC, having carried out a successful trial in the country, the next is commercialisation but the erratic power situation and low fibre infrastructure have remained a challenge to deployment on a large scale in Nigeria.
The NCC Spokesman regretted that the alternative source of power such as inverter batteries and solar power were also threatened by insecurity including theft of the cells and noted that a lot of these are being stolen away.
Mr Wakil said the commission was working in collaboration with the National Assembly, other Ministries such as Works and Environment and security agencies to ensure that the there is a passage of the Critical National Infrastructure Bill, to criminalize vandalising and stealing communication infrastructure.
The Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC, Mr Kenneth Uzoekwe, who represented the Commission’s Director of Spectrum Administration, Austin Nwaulune, said about six spectrum at higher bands have been marked down pointing out that the importance and beauty of 5G also lies in the availability of spectrum.
On what 5G holds for Nigeria if successfully deployed, Uzoekwe said broadband will improve, leading to faster downloading and uploading of contents; encourage financial inclusion, faster health care service delivery, smarter transport system and appliances.