5G: Our State of Readiness is Very High, Says Danbatta

   By Sarauniya Usman, Abuja

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, expressed the Commission’s readiness for the implementation of the government’s decision of the Federal Government’s  on the deployment of 5G networks in Nigeria.

“Our state of readiness is very high. There’s an auction committee for 5G with a deployment plan ready.  As you know, without a plan you cannot have a successful deployment.”  

“All we are asking is additional spectrum to be allocated by the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC). Of course some of these spectrums are ready but we have to get the Federal Government’s approval to go ahead with the auctions,” he explained.

The EVC lauded the thriving healthy competition in the telecommunications industry, which he said has driven down the prices of data in the country.

NCC boss observed that the Commission has always aligned its position and plan with the Federal Government on the 5G deployment.

The EVC’s presentation dwells on the enabling laws and mandates of the Commission, its structure as well his scorecards among others.

The  NCC Boss commend
Dr. Pantami for his efforts towards resolving some of the perennial challenges in the industry especially the Right of Way (RoW) charges.

Danbatta urged governments at every level in Nigeria to respect the resolution of the National Economic Council on the harmonised RoW charges, to enable the industry to continue to grow and prosper.

“The Commission will continue to put in its best in the discharge of its mandate, especially in facilitating the deployment of broadband infrastructure, which is central to diversifying the Nigerian economy and national development.”

“It’s our belief also that the communications industry, under the leadership of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, will experience more quantum leap and retain its current flagship role in the telecommunication space,” he pointed out.

You will recalled
the  Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, had revealed the Federal Government’s position on the deployment of 5G networks in Nigeria,

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