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Nigeria re-affirms fitness for 5G roll-out by 2020

Nigeria has confirmed her preparedness to roll out 5G network by 2020.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umaru Danbatta, recently stated this in Abuja, at the Workshop on the future of industry: Driving Innovation and Growth organised in partnership with the Global System for mobile Telecommunications Association (GSMA).

Danbatta stated that, while the country works to perfect 3G and 4G, “we shouldn’t be left behind, as other countries are already in tune with 5G. We must also make efforts to get ourselves ready for the next generation network. ”

The NCC EVC explained that the factors that affect growth and innovation in the Telecom industry are government policies, regulation and performance of the networks.

According to him, “to promote innovation and growth in this industry, as a requirement, therefore, we must develop strategic policies, provide essential infrastructure, enhance competitive market, robust regulatory frameworks, and focused compliance monitoring and enforcement mechanism, reform our spectrum access mechanisms, among others.”

The Head of sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA, Akinwale Good luck, in his opening remarks, said, there is nothing stopping Nigeria from meeting up with 5G standards.

According to him, all that is needed is to improve her infrastructure and enthrone good policies.

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