NCC Targets 1bn 5G Devices In 2 Years, As Nigeria’s Telecoms Subscribers List Hits 195m
The Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, says that it is targeting one billion devices for the Five Generation, 5G, network in the next two years.
NCC Head of Fixed Network Converged Services, Babagana Digima, said This at the 2022 AfricaNXT 2022 in Lagos.
Mr Digima said that the 5G technology will ensure a satisfactory delivery higher data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience.
He said that the 5G technology would be faster and able to handle more connected devices than the existing 4G LTE network including smart television and radio.
According to him, it will also revolutionize and transform people’s way of life and be beneficial for the socio-economic development of Nigeria with enhanced capabilities providing new and enhanced mobile communications services.
Also speaking at the event, Usman Aliyu, NCC Head of Space Services, said that 5G was faster than the brain and would bring about a lot of innovations with speed.Mr Aliyu said that 5G would hasten smart city and have an impact on every aspect including agriculture, education, Information and communication, urban Infrastructure and sports.
In a related development The Nigerian Communication Commission says at least 195.4 million phone subscribers are in the country as of December 2021.
NCC’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed this at the 43rd Kaduna International Trade Fair in Kaduna.
He also noted that subscribers to Internet stood at 141 million, adding that with a broadband connection of 40.88 per cent, the nation’s social media space has continued to thrive.
Saying that the telecommunication sector remains a strategic driver of the digital economy of the federal government, Danbatta also disclosed that the commission was set for the deployment of the fifth-generation network in Nigeria.
According to him, unlike 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G, the 5G network will bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities to communications services in Nigeria.
He said, “Telecommunications sector has been a strategic driver of the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government, as it continues to provide the needed digital sinews that support the economy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant restriction period.
“In Nigeria, the number of active mobile subscriptions reached 195.4 million in December 2021 with Internet subscribers exceeding 141 million and a broadband penetration 40.88 per cent.
“In this new environment, the competitiveness of Nigeria, for instance, depends on the ability to leverage new technologies. Hence, areas, where NCC’s regulatory efforts in deepening access to digital services will benefit Nigeria and make it competitively comparable to other economy, include direct job creation; contribution to Gross Domestic Product growth; the emergence of new services and industries; workforce transformation; and business innovation.”
The NCC’s boss added, “As you may be aware, the NCC is on the verge of deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) network in Nigeria. Already, spectrum licenses for the companies that will rollout service shave been issued.
“Though the deployment will start from the state capital sand gradually extends to other areas across the state, it is important to state that, unlike 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G, the 5G network will bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities to communications services in Nigeria”.