The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it is hopeful that the 5G network will be available for use in Nigeria by the fourth quarter of 2022. 

Current situation 
Nigeria is on its way to joining Kenya and South Africa as the only three countries in Africa to deploy 5G services. With the NCC plans intensifying, Nigeria’s launch of the super-fast mobile network is expected in the second half of the year. 

  • The Nigerian government is counting on this mobile technology to better its struggling economy worsened by the global pandemic of 2020. 
  • Projected improvement of the 5G network will be in areas such as education, health, financial services and improvement in the quality of service.

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 won the license with a bid of $273.6 million. 
  • Nigeria became the first African country to host a full 5G auction without the services of a mobile technology consultant and first software auction since 2001. 

What they are saying 
The Head, Spectrum Administration, NCC, Usman Aliyu, praised the NCC regarding the commission as “the most dynamic and vibrant sector of the Nigerian economy.” He added that “NCC is committed to ensuring that Nigerians and all those living in Nigeria are carried along on the Commission’s journey to build Nigeria’s digital economy of our dream, and the Media are critical Stakeholders.”

  • The Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, on the other hand assured Nigerians that the telecom is ready to implement the service.
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