How 5G Policy Will Be Implemented in Nigeria as FG Approves Policy

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The federal executive council (FEC) on Wednesday at the weekly council meeting presided over by President, Muhammadu Buhari, approved the National Policy on fifth-generation (5G) networks for the country’s digital economy.

Femi Adeluyi, technical assistant (on Information Technology) to Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), minister of communications and digital economy, said this in a statement. He also added that the deployment of the network is with immediate effect.

“The National Policy has been developed over a period of 2 years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness and sensitisation,” the statement reads.

“The stakeholder engagement was thorough and multi-sectoral. It also took into account the report of the 3-month 5G trials that commenced on the 25th of November 2019.

“The report critically reviewed and studied the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.

There were reports, many of whom were conspiracy theories regarding the health implication of 5G networks last year. However, the statement assured Nigerians that there was no cause for worries.

The ministry said 5G networks “offer significant advantages over the current technologies.”

“Some of its advantages include much lower latency, higher bandwidth, greater device density, longer battery life for nodes and greater network flexibility. 

“Several countries have already commenced the deployment of 5G and are enjoying its benefits.”

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