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Nigeria will launch 5G soon, national technology policy development is 95% complete

(Ecofin Agency) – According to several reports from companies specializing in technology or economic intelligence, 5G has the potential to boost productivity. In Nigeria, where its launch has seen some delays due to Covid-19, things are about to change.

The Government of Nigeria will launch 5G soon. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Issa Bantami (pictured) said this in Abuja on Sunday, August 22, during the forum hosted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). During this meeting, he revealed that the national policy related to this mobile technology is already 95% complete. It will determine the organizational and technical framework for its use.

« I would like to assure you that the 5G telecom network is working Saeed Issa Bantami, who indicated that discussions between the ministry and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are underway on frequency spectrum. ” to me From this spectrum, NCC will be able to give mobile operators the go-ahead to begin deploying their network […] I went to the National Assembly, and they also supported the deployment of 5G The Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy continued.

Nigeria can now quietly prepare for the launch of 5G as it has succeeded in calming and convincing people of this technology. In April 2020, as Covid-19 cases doubled in the country, messages offering 5G as a source of the disease flooded social networks, sparking fear and rejection of the technology by part of the population. It took several months of investigation by the Senate committee responsible for health, communications, science and technology and cybercrime to reassure residents about the safety of 5G and continue work to introduce it in the country.

In its report “5G in Sub-Saharan Africa: Laying the Foundations”, the GSMA believes that 5G can enable new and existing technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), to achieve a transformative impact on business operations, helping to increase productivity and efficiency. . In Nigeria, Africa’s leading economy according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its October 2020 “Global Economic Prospects”, 5G has the potential to unlock even more potential.

Muriel Edjo

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