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Danbatta urges media to help curb misrepresentation of 5G technology in Nigeria

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EVC of NCC, Prof. Danbatta

5G’s full economic effect will likely be realized across the globe by 2035, supporting a wide range of industries and potentially enabling up to $13.2 trillion worth of goods and services.

This impact will be much greater than the current 4G network, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has reiterated.

However, the misrepresentation of 5G technology has the potential of derailing the launch of this new technology in Nigeria, he said at a training session for members of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA).

The EVC who spoke through the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, reiterated that 5G when fully deployed will provide increased speed and bandwidth as well as provide deeper coverage to reach people in rural or challenging locations.

In addition, 5G will provide strong security for the various sectors of government and private organizations.

Danbatta said, “Due to its sheer scale and scope, the ITU predicts 5G will accelerate the achievements of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) from affordable and clean energy to zero hunger.

“The misrepresentation of 5G technology has the potential of derailing the launch of this new technology in our clime.

“Many Nigerians including citizens in more civilized countries were hooked on the notion that the introduction of 5G technology was the reason behind the spread of the novel COVID-19 Pandemic. This misconception was even made worse because those saddled with the responsibility of informing, educating and enlightening the average Nigerian telecom consumers were also bereft of the knowledge of this new technology and hitched a ride on the band wagon of doubters.

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“This is the reason why training such as this is necessary for members of NITRA who have continued to cover the ICT industry in Nigeria. We will ensure that the NCC maintains this training periodically for our crucial stakeholders in the media to ensure that the information that reaches the average Nigerian is accurate and timely.

“It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that whatever we want to introduce to the Nigerian telecoms space is well understood by Nigerians and all those who make use of our telecoms services.

He said that the Commission will continue to support capacity building and other initiatives which foster closer interaction and build stronger relationship with your members.

Also speaking, the Chairman of NITRA, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, thanked the Commission for the developmental regulatory approach in the nation’s telecom industry.

He further said that NCC has demonstrated that it views every member of NITRA as a very crucial stakeholder and pledged that members will continue to report about activities of the Commission and the industry at large, accurately.

Background

A lot of falsehoods and misinformation have been peddled both on online and traditional media outlets about the health and safety implications of deploying 5G technology.

This became more pronounced at the time Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) became more pronounced around the world.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission just recently published the Draft Consultation Document on the Deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technology in Nigeria and stated that plans for the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) network are still underway.

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TechEconomy.ng recalls that Nigeria only undertook 5G trials in selected locations within the country in collaboration with an Operator in 2019.

The trial, among others was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present.

The Commission also has an ongoing engagement with the academia while at the same time funding 5G related research projects, all in a bid to ensure the nation is provided with the best in terms of research findings and policy input to drive the implementation and deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria.

The Draft Consultation Document for deployment of the 5G technology in Nigeria has been produced and uploaded on the Commission’s official website.

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