The National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The 5G Policy was approved at the Council meeting today, Wednesday, following the presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami).
According to a statement signed by the Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the Minister, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, the implementation of the National Policy is with immediate effect.
The National Policy has been developed over a period of 2 years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness and sensitization.
The stakeholder engagement was thorough and multi-sectoral in nature. It also took into account the report of the 3-month 5G trials that commenced on the 25th of November 2019.
The report critically reviewed and studied the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.
Leading international organizations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an organ of the United Nations, has confirmed that the deployment of 5G networks leave no adverse health effect and are safe.
Experts say 5G networks offer significant advantages over the current technologies.
Some of its advantages include much lower latency, higher bandwidth, greater device density, longer battery life for nodes, and greater network flexibility. Several countries have already commenced the deployment of 5G and are enjoying its benefits. These countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, South Africa, and Lesotho, to mention but a few.