FG hands over allocated 3.5 GHz spectrum to stakeholders
Feb. 17 (THEWILL) – The National Spectrum Management Board has officially handed over the allocation of 3.5 GHz spectrum for the deployment of fifth generation (5G) networks to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and others industry stakeholders.
Chairman of the Board and Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who made the transfer, also made the public presentation of the National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy in Abuja.
Pantami recalled that the country’s journey to 5G refresh was strewn with pitfalls, many of which were superstitious and unscientific.
He said; “Amid health rumors linking 5G to the source and spread of Covid19, the Nigerian government has taken deliberate and careful steps to ensure its safety through trials, expert reviews and advice. of professional and competent authorities and stakeholders, because the safety of our citizens is our priority.”
The minister stressed the need for Nigeria to take its place in the fourth industrial revolution by exploring the tools of digital technology.
He highlighted some of the benefits of 5G to include; strengthened security, transparency, agriculture, among others, and advised state governors to look beyond the monetary gains that 5G rollout would bring to their states and the Nigerian economy.
The Minister said that; “The issue of right of way becomes a challenge from time to time. The government has dealt with the problem more than ninety percent, but from time to time problems may arise. I hope they will understand the economic benefits. The safety benefits and more of this technological advancement.
“It’s beyond the rights of way. It goes beyond. So let’s try to make the process very simple for operators so that they can deploy 5G.
Handing over the allocated spectrum to the chairman of the board of directors of NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande and the executive vice-chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Pantami ordered that the spectrum be distributed to the companies whose bids were successful during the auction in December 2021.
He urged stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the National 5G Policy for Nigeria’s Digital Economy.
The first trial to determine the risks associated with the deployment of 5G in Nigeria was conducted in November 2019, while the policy was launched on January 25, 2022 by President Muhammadu Buhari.