NCC approves spectrum for trial of 5G deployment

By Na’ankwat Dariem

The Executive Vice Chairman Nigerian Communications Commission Prof. Umar Danbatta

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

The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta disclosed this in at the maiden International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Digital African Week hosted by NCC, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
“The NCC will continue to drive and implement policies, projects and programs aimed at facilitating digital revolution and digital inclusion in Nigeria. In this regards, we have approved spectrum for the trial of 5G services in the country” he said.

Danbatta stated that Nigeria had exceeded the 30% penetration target set by the National Broadband Plan of 2013 to 2018 which stood at 33.31% at the end of June 2019.

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

”We have Put in place, Broadband implementation and Monitoring Committee (BIMC) to monitor full implementation of the INFRACO projects within the four year implementation plan.

“With the development of Smart Cities KPIs by the ITU, it is imperative to have pervasive and ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across all our towns and Cities to achieve the objectives of making them Smart.

“We have finalised negotiations on the counterpart funding to the INFRACOS to support the deployment of the broadband infrastructures on which the smart services and other emerging technologies will be hosted,” Danbatta said.

He further disclosed that the framework would also deploy metro and inter-city fiber and broadband Point of Access with a minimum capacity of IOGbps across the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria.

Professor added that the NCC had taken steps to involve members of the academia as strategic stakeholders in the activities towards developing the Telecom sector by harnessing the research potentials in the academia.

Participants at the event

Supporting African technology

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

Wakil noted that the African nations could also contribute in 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 the 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 region and the study group.
“This particular event is really critical for Africa to be part of the contribution to development of standards that will help the region generally. Standardisation of emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IOT), smart cities and communities, e-waste and circular economy and electromagnetic radiation are very important to the African continent,” she said.


Emmanuel Ukoh