5G License not issued yet in Nigeria – NCC

5G License not issued yet in Nigeri – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has debunked rumours making  rounds on social media that the telecoms industry will switch to 5G network on 12 May .

A5G is the 5th generation mobile network , Its a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.

There have been  negative talks about 5g installation in Nigeria  including videos showing the destruction of 5G masts in China and the UK, as well as widely circulated WhatsApp voice notes.

Nkemadu, NCC’s director of public affairs said ,in a statement on Sunday that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment.

“The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to a mischievous statement making the rounds on social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites that the Nigerian telecoms industry is going to switch on Fifth Generation (5G) in Lagos this  Sunday 10th, Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th May 2020,” the statement read.

“The statement from the faceless individuals or groups cannot be further from the truth. The commission has unequivocally stated that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment.”

In November 2019, the NCC carried out 5G trials in Lagos, Calabar and Abuja; an exercise that has since been concluded.

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Nkemadu quoted Umar Garba Dambatta, NCC executive vice-chairman, as saying: “The trial among others was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present. Relevant stakeholders including members of the security agencies were invited to participate during the trial”.

“NCC has not issued any licence for 5G in Nigeria and therefore, the mobile network operators (MNOs) cannot switch on such technology.

“NCC is technology-neutral. As such, we don’t license technology but assigns spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC).”

The commission urged Nigerians to rely on accurate information rather than social media ati articles that goes viral to misinform people.

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