The allocation of frequency spectrums which were likely to be approved by the International Telecommunications Union for 5G network services was lately suspended by the Nigerian Communications Commission.
The Executive Vice- Chairman at NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, disclosed this at a Stakeholders Consultative Forum in Abuja on Tuesday.
Danbatta who was represented at the event by Director of Spectrum Administration, Mr Austin Nwaulune,
while speaking, he said it was important to suspend the allocation of the frequency to operators so that, there would not be any problems when the frequencies were eventually assigned for 5G services by ITU.
He gave a listing of the frequencies affected as 26GHz, 38Ghz and 42Ghz bands.
Danbatta said, “The commission has noticed and picked some of the potential frequency bands that may be harmonised for 5G deployment in region one and therefore suspended the licensing of those frequencies.
“This action he added will make sure that Nigeria is not caught Off guard when eventually those frequency bands gets harmonised, by the standard and legal bodies. The major key among these bands are 26Ghz, 38Ghz and 42Ghz bands.
Research carried out by GSMA in the year 2018, states that about 5.17 billion people were already mobile in 2017 and it is projected to rise to six billion by 2025. In Nigeria alone. The research also showed the statistics of September result, which states that there was a total number of about 106 million active internet subscribers.
He continued his speech saying, “In another research which was conducted by McKinsey Global, it was estimated that over 75 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by the year 2025, with global economic contribution ranging from $3.9 to $11.1tn annually. As such, all stakeholders are encouraged to help develop smarter and efficient ways of utilising the already limited available resources.
This was done in order to maximise the gains of these technologies. Danbatta ended his speech by saying 5G technology was unique, promising and customisable.