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Danbatta urges Stakeholders to be part of 5G future

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has urged stakeholders to be part of the fifth generation (5G) telecom technology future by participating fully in the final document that will guide the regulator through licensing and deployment across the country.

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Danbatta was speaking Thursday in Lagos at the Stakeholders Consultative Forum on the Draft Information Memorandum (IM) for the 3.5GHz Spectrum Auction by the Commission in line with its policy of participatory regulation.

He noted that NCC published the IM on its website to enable stakeholders peruse and make inputs and comments, adding that it will continue to harmonised such contributions.

“Be part of the future in the management and utilization of this resource in line with global best practices,” He said.

He noted that through the collaborative efforts of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) and Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NigComSat), the Commission was able to secure the necessary 3.4 – 3.9GHz C-band for deployment of 5G services in Nigeria. The C-band is globally accepted as the candidate of choice for 5G deployment due to its excellent propagation characteristics.

Danbatta lauded the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami for the role he played in ensuring the smooth allocation of this Spectrum to the Commission.

5G stakeholders forum in Lagos organised by NCC

Furthermore, he added that the global impact of 4G technology brought about increase in mobile usage and network performance. “5G technology will leverage on this momentum, bringing substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities.

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In doing so, it enables novel use cases and applications that will positively impact on different sectors of the economy and improve our efforts towards achieving the Digital Economy objectives of the Federal Government as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS 2020-2030) and Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020 – 2025).”

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