The Nigerian Commutations Commission (NCC), has announced plans to embark on 5G deployment in Nigeria.
5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.
NCC announced the development on Thursday during the inauguration of the Steering Committee for the National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 in Abuja.
NCC said, “NCC to embark on development of a policy for 5G deployment in Nigeria.”
According to NCC, 5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users.
” 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices,” NCC added.
The Minister of Communication, Isa Pantami, during the inauguration said the implementation of the BBP 2020-2025 has been ongoing as can be seen from the current level of broadband penetration in the country which has increased to 40.1%.”
He said, “The ICT has contributed 14.07% to the GDP In the first quarter of 2020. The more broadband penetration we achieve, the greater contribution to the GDP.
“Our targets with the new NBBP is to achieve broadband access to 90% of the population with 70% Broadband penetration by 2025. Also, we expect to achieve a speed of 25mbps in urban area and 10mbps in rural area,” he added.
According to the minister, the commission had taken concrete measures to address these critical challenges confronting the industry.
Pantami however inaugurated the Committee and announced Engr Ubale Maska,the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC as the Chairman of the committee.
“Broadband is central to any digital economy. We are humbled to be members of the committee responsible for steering the implementation of the NBBP. We express our commitment to bring to bear our wealth of experiences for the successful implementation of the BBP,” Maska noted.