The Nigerian Communications Commission has affirmed that it is working in partnership with stakeholders to guarantee the safety of 5G networks in Nigeria in preparation for the launch of the technology.
The Executive Vice President, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known at a tech forum themed ‘Multi-stakeholder approach to National Recovery Post-Pandemic’ on Wednesday.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the government had commenced working on a policy that would drive the deployment of 5G.
Represented by the Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity at NCC, Bako Wakil, Danabtta said the commission would carry out an environmental impact analysis on the use of 5G and the electromagnetic fields impact on humans in Nigeria.
He assured that once the analysis is done, Nigerians could safely utilise 5G and reap all the economic, human and material benefits of 5G.
It has been predicted that seven African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, would have commercial 5G services by 2025, according to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association.
Danbatta stated that the economic benefits to 5G to Nigeria, post-coronavirus pandemic, would be huge as almost all businesses and activities of government were migrating and offering their services online.
The Executive Vice President further stated that 5G will enable a new kind of network for Nigerians designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.
He noted that the technology would accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence applications
“Nigeria’s vibrant youth population stands to benefit immensely from the deployment of 5G as it will offer technopreneurs, technology enthusiasts, SMEs and tech start-ups the platform to expand and network with other global players on a scale that has never been witnessed before,” he added.
According to Danbatta, the technology supports a wide range of industries and potentially enabling up to $13.2tn worth of goods and services and would have a massive impact than previous network generations.