The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said significant progress has been made towards rolling out fifth generation (5G) for a digital economy.
Africa’s largest economy believes youth-driven tech developments promise a brighter future in Nigeria’s digital economy.
A digital economy is one that is based on digital computing technologies, but is often seen as doing business through Internet-based markets and the World Wide Web.
On December 13, 2021, TechEconomy announced that the NCC had issued the final fifth-generation (5G) spectrum license award letters to MTN and Mafab Communications, winners of the 3.5 GHz spectrum auction.
The 5G network, once rolled out, will bring many benefits and opportunities that will drive accelerated growth and smart life in the country.
The technology is also expected to bring substantial improvements to the network, including higher connection speed, mobility and capacity, and low latency capabilities.
“Some of these steps towards achieving the goals include the establishment of a fully-fledged digital economy department within NCC with a mandate to, among other things, ensure that the programs and goals set out in the NNBP 2020-2025 and the NDEPS 2020 – 2030 are rigorously pursued. , followed and achieved; Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of NCC, said at the Nigeria DigitalSENSE 2022 Forum Series.
To support its position, the EVC, which was represented by Engr. Abraham Oshadami, Deputy Director and Head of Spectrum Database Management at the NCC, while dwelling specifically on “5G: Induction into the Telecom Sector in Nigeria”, outlined some 11 points to back up his assertion.
He said NFRACO companies have been allowed to deploy fiber on an open access basis in six geopolitical zones of the country and Lagos State. Approval to begin deployment was given in April 2021.
According to him, they have developed and secured Federal Executive Council approval on the Nigerian 5G Policy to guide nationwide 5G service rollouts, while acknowledging the efforts of the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari set up a 27-person team on digital economy and e-government. Council members should work to build the capacity of government to develop, adopt and deploy digital technologies to make government more efficient and transparent, thereby improving Nigeria’s global position in the Ease of Doing Business Index.
“I launched the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) on November 28, 2019 and expanded the mandate of the then Ministry of Communications to include the digital economy.
“The implementation of this policy and this mandate has enabled us to make significant progress and record a number of unprecedented achievements.