Govt. needs to toughen up on overall spectrum regulation in Nigeria
Ericsson Mobility Report of June 2017 says in 2022, the number of 5G subscription is forecast to reach more than 500 million. Rutger Reman Vice President, Head, Customer Unit And Managing Director Ericsson Nigeria believes that if emerging markets like Nigeria invests in the existing 4G, there will be few challenges utilizing 5G when it is eventually launched in the country.
However, for a country like Nigeria, the federal government needs to toughen up on overall spectrum regulation for early deployments which are already anticipated in several markets.
These he discussed recently while briefing newsmen on the Ericsson Mobility Report released in June.
According to him, problems of corruption have affected so many things in Nigeria, but technology will bring in enough transparency for operations to go smoothly in all sectors.
“It will be very good for the economy if Nigeria encompasses the use of technology. The government will be able to do more. If technology is available in the hospitals, if we have good infrastructure and good roads, especially in the rural area a lot will be achievable.
For instance, look at agriculture sector, a lot can be achieved in good time for farm produce to increase with use of sensors in the ground, especially for irrigation “he explained.
According to the report, mobile broadband will account for more than 90 percent of all subscription by 2022. By the end of 2022 there will be 9 billion mobile subscriptions. Mobile broadband subscriptions will reach 8.3 billion, thereby accounting for more than 90 percent of all mobile subscriptions. The number of unique mobile subscribers is estimated to reach 6.2 billion by the end of the year. Globally, 107 million new mobile subsciptions were added in Q1, reaching a total of 7.6 billion.
Also, subscriptions for PCs and tablets with mobile capabilities are expected to have a moderate growth, reaching 320 million.
The report says for VoLTE subscriptions, the number continues to grow and is expected to exceed 540 million by the end of 2017.
By Kehinde Olesin