NCC works in synergy with stakeholders to ensure the success of the deployment of 5G

LR: Chief Consulting Strategist and Group Editor, ITREALMS Media inc, Mr. Remmy Nweke, Head of Spectrum Administration, NCC, Engineer. Abraham Oshadame, Chief Financial Officer, TeleAfrica, Olatunji Sulaiman, Communications and Zone Manager Lagos NBC, Dr. Chibuike V. Ogwumike at the Nigeria DIGITALSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) held recently in Lagos.

June 12 (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stressed the need for synergy with key stakeholders to ensure the successful deployment of fifth generation (5G) technology in the country.

This was featured in the presentation of the Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, as during his keynote address at the Nigeria Digitalsense Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) Forum at Lagos.

Danbatta, represented by Chief, Spectrum Administration, NCC, Eng. Abraham Oshadame, commended the organizer of the event, for bringing together various key stakeholders and representatives from the telecommunications industry to exchange ideas that will drive growth and innovation in the industry, especially as they are brought into the era of ultra-high speed internet access provided by 5G.

He noted that the theme of the event “Induction of 5G into the Telecom Sector in Nigeria” is timely due to the strategic and critical role of the Nigerian Communications Commission in implementing government policies that seek to foster growth and innovation in the telecommunications industry.

According to him, this is evident in the efforts that the Commission has demonstrated in the smooth adoption of previous technologies (2G, 3G and 4G) and those that the Commission is implementing to ensure the deployment and adoption of the infrastructure. and 5G services in Nigeria.

The EVC pointed out that, unlike previous generations of mobile networks, fifth-generation (5G) technology is expected to fundamentally transform the role telecommunications technology plays in society.

“5G should certainly enable additional economic growth and pervasive digitalization of a hyper-connected society, in which not only people are connected to the network when needed, but also many other devices/objects, thus creating a society smart with almost everything connected (i.e. Internet of Everything).

“5G technology will also improve mobile broadband with very low latency and consequently enable new use cases such as virtual reality, augmented reality, quantum computing, smart city initiatives and mission-critical operations, among others,” he added.

Realizing the full potential of this promising technology, he said, comes with vast socio-economic benefits and responsibilities.

He emphasized that to generate these benefits, vigorous collaboration between governmental and non-governmental actors is needed to ensure targeted policy development, a strong regulatory framework and resilient networks are in place.

He added that to ensure the preparedness of the telecommunications industry, especially with regard to the adoption of anything new, such as emerging International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) technologies like 5G (IMT 2020), several key stakeholders must synergize to ensure success. He listed some of these key stakeholders to include: government (policy makers), national regulators (regulators), network operators, consumers. Industry-based organizations (like Digital Sense for example).

The NCC boss explained that these stakeholders play a vital role in unlocking the vast potential of 5G, stressing that this potential can be realized through collaboration and partnership with various stakeholders in the industry ecosystem. telecommunications, as well as through the establishment of strong government policies and excellent regulatory framework being implemented.

In his words: “Within any administration, the government is bound to put in place excellent policies that would foster innovation and development. As policymakers, government should also consider undertaking its own independent economic and social assessment and viability of deploying new technologies (such as 5G in this case) with a view to providing clear regulatory direction that will enable all relevant stakeholders, including network operators make informed decisions that will ensure the deployment of these technologies in the most beneficial manner for the Nation and its citizens.

“Today, as some of you may know, in Nigeria, the government has already developed policy documents, such as the Nigerian Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS 2020 – 2030), which aims to accelerate the national digital economy for a digital Nigeria. The objectives of this document include among others; Development Regulation, Digital Literacy and Skills, Sound Infrastructure, Development and Promotion of Digital Services, and Digital Society and Emerging Technologies.” The government has also developed a Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020-2025) which aims to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria of a minimum of 25 Mbps in urban areas and 10 Mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population by 2025 at a price not exceeding N390 per 1GB of data (i.e. 2% of revenue). u median or 1% of the minimum wage).

“In order to achieve these ambitious goals, the plan focuses on 4 essential pillars, namely: infrastructure, policy, financing and incentives. Similarly, a National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy has been developed to ensure provision of the required spectrum and enabling environment to ensure full deployment of 5G technology to effectively cover the major urban areas by 2025, and to ensure the security of the 5G ecosystem as well as data protection among many others.

Continuing, the EVC said, “On the other hand, regulators primarily need to develop a regulatory framework and standards for the telecommunications industry. They also propose action plans and methods for the implementation of government policies through strong regulation to ensure a competitive market, an environment-focused compliance monitoring and enforcement mechanism, market-based spectrum access, broadband facilitation and penetration, capacity development as well as strategic collaboration and partnership with relevant state and non-state actors. Regulators should also collaborate and facilitate the exchange of like-minded ideas, views and experiences among industry experts through appropriate channels for regular participation in relevant conferences, forums, symposia and workshops.

“As for operators, they must continue to invest in new infrastructure and capabilities, think more innovatively, identify and design new business models and enrich their knowledge with other partners, regions and industries. It is important that they integrate their next generation networks which will provide the flexibility needed to drive growth and innovation in the mobile communications ecosystem.

“As a regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has already identified the unique benefits and role of IMT technology, particularly 5G services, in achieving the government’s digital economy goals.

“The Commission has defined a strategic vision plan (SVP 2021-2025) to ensure the implementation of well-developed government policies. The SVP is designed to achieve among others: organizational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence; Facilitate the provision of infrastructure for the digital economy that promotes national development; Promote fair competition and facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership. »

In accordance with this SVP, he stated that the Commission, in collaboration and with the full support of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the leadership of the Honorable Minister, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has registered a successful significant in the march towards the national digital economy. for a digital Nigeria.

He listed the following achievements: creation of a fully-fledged digital economy department with the mandate, among others, to ensure that the programs and objectives set out in the PNNB 2020-2025 and the NDEPS 2020 – 2030 are rigorously pursued, monitored, and achieved; INFRACO companies have been licensed 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; Developed and obtained Federal Executive Council approval of the Nigerian 5G Policy to guide 5G service deployments in Nigeria among others.

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