The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has assured stakeholders in the telecommunications industry that the Nigerian Government would make available to the industry a 5G technology policy.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta who gave the assurance at the National Information Technology Reporters Association (Nitra) Virtual Innovative Tech Forum held through a webinar today, said that the NCC is vigorously working to establish a policy for 5G with multi-sector Stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
According to him, through the policy all the benefits of 5G will be properly harnessed by Nigerians saying, “the Commission is also working to ensure the safety of 5G networks in Nigeria by having multi-stakeholder approach in environmental impact analysis on the use of 5G and the Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) impact on humans in Nigeria. Once this is done, Nigerians can safely utilize 5G and reap all the economic, human and material benefits of 5G.”
Quoting a landmark economy study conducted by QUALCOMM, Danbatta said that 5G would affect the global economy and drive growth exponentially stressing that “5G’s full economic effect will likely be realized across the globe by 2035 – supporting a wide range of industries and potentially enabling up to $13.2 Trillion worth of goods and services. This impact is much greater than previous network generations.”
The EVC who was represented by the Director of Technical Standards and Network Integrity at the NCC, Engr. Bako Wakil, further said that the economic benefits to 5G to Nigeria post corona virus pandemic will be huge, especially as almost all businesses and activities of government are migrating and offering their services online.
“5G will enable a new kind of network for Nigerians designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices. It will usher in the era of Internet of Things and faster innovation in Artificial Intelligence applications”, he stated.
Danbatta expressed confidence that 5G would provide increased speed and bandwidth as well as providing deeper coverage to reach people in rural or challenging locations adding that it would provide strong security for the various sectors of government and private organisations.
He also said that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) predicted 5G would accelerate the achievement of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) from affordable and clean energy to zero hunger.
Isaiah Erhiawarien, Lagos