The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and MTN Nigeria at a telecommunication event in Lagos disclosed that the operators were in the final stages of their preparation for the use of 5G services in the country. 

Driving the news 
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed that the commission released the final letters of awards to the two winners of the 5G bid, MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications Limited ahead of its August 24th deadline.

What they are saying 

  • According to Prof. Umar Danbatta, “the successful completion of the process leading to the final letters is confirmation that the rollout of 5G technology services in Nigeria is on course.”
  • MTN Nigeria’s representative at the event, Mr Chinedu Ezeigweneme, said, “We have put all plans in place. We have discussed with relevant stakeholders and I can assure you that come Aug. 24, MTN will roll out 5G services.”

What this means 
Nigeria, come August 24th, would join Kenya and South Africa as the only third country in Africa to deploy 5G services. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, would join other countries of the world to take pride in faster downloads, much lower lag time, and transmitting of data faster and accurately.

In case you missed it 

  • The Nigerian government earned over $500 million in revenue in an intense bid by mobile networks in Nigeria to get the 5G license. MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications Limited came out winners in the end
  • Nigeria became the first African country to host a full 5G auction without the services of a mobile technology consultant and the first software auction since 2001.
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