The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), chaired by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,Prof.Isa Pantami would soon release the 5G Spectrum to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for auction to MNOs that will need the spectrum for 5G deployment.
A statement from the NCC confirming Nigeria’s
Government approval for the deployment of the Fifth Generation Network, otherwise called 5G in Nigeria, further said that the NCC will publish an implementation roadmap for the deployment of 5G across the country with service roll-out obligations.
The NCC also said that the Commission has been directed to commence the development of relevant regulatory instruments to address issues related to health, safety and others to drive effective implementation of the roll-out of 5G by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
According to the statement, Pantami has also directed the NCC to commence immediate implementation of the 5G plan for the country.
It added that the roll-out of the 5G will be carried out in phases beginning with major cities in the country “where there is need for high quality broadband.”
The 5G is expected to facilitate several emerging technologies, generate innovative use cases, spur significant socio-economic growth and create jobs.
The approval of the 5G Plan by President Muhammadu Buhari, is a major boost to Nigeria’s promising 5G Plan, which has the objectives of ensuring efficient assignment of spectrum for 5G deployment, creating an enabling environment for investment in the telecom industry and ensuring effective deployment of 5G to cover major urban cities by 2025.
The approval is in line with the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 for a Digital Nigeria, and the positioning of Nigeria as an early adopter of digital technology in the growing global digital economy, the successful and timely deployment of 5G is crucial.
Pantami had during the week broke the news of the approval after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
The Minister appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari, the entire FEC members, the National Assembly, as well as other industry stakeholders for their roles and contributions in the journey that culminated in the approval of the 5G implementation for the country.