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NCC Reveals When 5G Service Will Be Available In Nigeria

Nigerians have been advised to expect 5G services to be available across the country by the fourth quarter of 2022.

According to Anaedoonline.ng, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, said this on Thursday while providing an update on the implementation of the new technology.

Head of Spectrum Administration, NCC, Usman Aliyu, said cleaning of the bands was ongoing with the migration of FSS users from the 3.4-3.8 GHz spectrum, while speaking at a capacity building workshop organized by the commission for ICT journalists in Abuja yesterday.

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This, he claims, is a follow-up to the National Frequency Management Council’s approval of the usage of the Nigerian Communications Satellite.

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When implemented, he added, a wide range of services will be improved, with a positive impact on the nation’s economic growth in sectors such as education, health, financial services, and service quality.

According to Aliyu, Nigeria was the first African country to successfully execute a full 5G spectrum auction without the assistance of a consultant, as well as the first software auction since 2001.

He said: “5G auction committee was constituted, information memorandum was developed, consultation on memorandum carried out, key stakeholders responded, corrections were made on IM before the auction.

“Five options were made and two were made available. Hopefully by Q4 this year, we should have 5G services in the country. The current status involves inflation and increases in the exchange rate that affects the cost of services; quality and adequate power supply, relocating of services, guard band provision, coordination with neighbouring countries.”

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Anaedoonline.ng recalls that the 5G Spectrum auction of the 3.45 GHz spectrum was conducted in late 2021.

The exercise went through 11 rounds and exceeded the revenue projection from the reserve price of $199,374,000.

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The auction process came to an end when MTN and Mafab posted an exit bid of $273 million, while Airtel posted a final bid of $270 million.

The auction generated proceeds of $22.5 billion in total.

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Affairs of NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, who spoke earlier at the workshop, reiterated the commitment of the commission to maintaining the age-long tradition of mutually beneficial relationships with the media.

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He said that the meeting, in a sense, amplifies a continuation age-long tradition of maintaining strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the media as partners of the commission and appreciated the contributions of the media to the visibility of the commission as well as the development of the Nigerian telecom sector.

 

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