Amid global concern about 5G technology deployment, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has braved the odds to be the first telecoms regulator in the West African sub-region to provide the regulatory and technical platform for 5G trial. MTN also becomes the first operator to leverage the platform created by the regulator to carry out Proof of Concept (CoC) trial of the technology. LUCAS AJANAKU writes on the challenges and benefits of this important milestone in the country.
Like a dammed river suddenly losing its fetters, the telecoms sector liberalisation about two decades ago has unleashed phenomenal growth in the country. While mobile subscription has crossed the 100 million mark, foreign direct investment (FDI) has reached over $75billion.
The regulator of the sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been on the vanguard of the transition from the first generation (1G), to 2G, 35, to 4G and now to 5G.
When the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof…
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