The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, has confirmed the commission’s readiness to kick start full implementation of the 5G deployment in the country.
Danbatta said this at the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTech 2021) held in Lagos with the theme: “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal.” recently.
Stressing on “NCC as a Digital Transformation Crusader and Nigeria’s in-Road to 5G Deployment,” he noted that since the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, that there has been a change in the dynamics of people’s interaction, especially on the Internet.
According to him, almost every means of communication has become virtual in one way or the other.
The NCC boss, however, stated that the paradigm shift in communication has so far, led to significant increase in network connectivity requirements.
He argued that such was as a result of unprecedented upsurge in Internet traffic, occasioned by the use of a plethora of web applications such as Zoom, Microsoft teams, WebEx, Goto, Webner among others.
”This has made remote work, virtual meetings, virtual studies and virtual healthcare delivery, among others, the new normal”, he said.
According to him, even though, the network infrastructure in Nigeria has demonstrated some capacity to contain the surge in internet traffic, a lot of work had being done by the Commission to boost network capacity.
The effort, he said, will aid in sensitising the public and ensure accessibility to affordable connectivity during the period of the pandemic and beyond.
The NCC boss, who spoke via the Director, Spectrum Administration, Engr. Oluwatoyin Asaju, and the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said the NCC was working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion due to the network traffic demand.
These, he said, include ongoing plan to auction spectrum in 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz) band to operators for the deployment of 5G network in Nigeria.
“Consistent with our mandate as enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA-2003) and other guiding legislations, we have been working to ensure the penetration of broadband services in line with Federal Government’s targets, as contained in Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP), 2020 to 2025″, he said.
Also, he pointed out that the agency was set for the auction some spectrum slots in 3.5GHz band.
“The other day I was at the National assembly, I informed the senate that we were 95 per cent ready for 5G. Today as we speak, I am delighted to tell you that we are already at 97 per cent completion,” he said.
In addition, he listed other initiatives being put in place by the Commission to improve broadband connectivity in Nigeria, and added that the surge in Internet traffic induced by Covid-19 has continued to challenge National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and other arms of governments.
“Emerging technologies such as 5G, which NCC is driving aggressively in Nigeria, Internet of Things (IoT); Cloud Computing; Quantum Computing Augmented/Virtual Reality, and similar emerging technologies are playing a critical role in improving remote communication over the internet with great user experience”, he said.
NCC Fixes Dec 13 As Final Auction Date For 3.5 GHz
The deployment of 5G is expected to happen in Quarter 1 of next year, according to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The deadline for submission of bids and Initial Bid Deposits (IBDs) closed yesterday at 5pm.
A terse statement by the commission titled “Second Trial of 5G in Nigeria in order to validate the National Policy on 5G for Digital Economy” said, “The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to supervise the 2nd 5G PoC trial in Nigeria. This trial will be conducted by Airtel Networks Limited and its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on Thursday, December 2, 2021”.
The statement urged concerned parties to contact Spectrum Administration Department for further details.
It would be recalled that the NCC had extended the submission of bids for the 5G technology spectrum from November 24 to November 29 due to challenges posed to air travels.
The commission said in a statement by its Director of Public Affairs, DrIkechukwuAdinde, that the extension was due to challenges posed by air travels in recent times.
The submission of responses in respect of the 3.5 gigahertz (Gigahertz) Spectrum Band auction was scheduled to close November 24, 2021, it said.
“However, due to the challenges posed to air travels as witnessed recently and considering that it may have some impact on intending bidders regarding the submission of their bids, the commission hereby extends the deadline for submission of bids and Initial Bid Deposits (IBDs) to 5.00 pm on Monday, November 29, 2021”, NCC explained.
It said all other events as scheduled in the Information Memorandum remain unchanged.
MTN Nigeria was the first in West Africa to try 5G technology and applications. It was a product of a strong collaboration between the Ministry of Communications Technology and Digital Economy, NCC, MTN and Huawei (Abuja), ZTE (Calabar) and Ericsson (Lagos).
By: King Onunwor
9Mobile Delights Customers With Special Offers
With the TikTok data offer, 9mobile customers will enjoy three times more data value for the same price daily, weekly and monthly, depending on their preference.
The exciting deal, a unique partnership between 9mobile and TikTok, will see customers get between 100MB and 12GB data plans at very affordable rates.
For the weekly variants, customers get a 2GB Tiktok Data plan for N500, valid for seven days, or a 1GB TikTok Data plan for N300, also valid for seven days.
For the monthly bundles, subscribers can get a massive 12Gb Tiktok Data plan for N2,000, while they enjoy a 5GB Tiktok Data plan at N1,000 only.
Commenting on the offer, the Director of Product Innovation and Business Development, 9mobile, KenechukwuOkonkwo, disclosed that it would enable Nigerians to freely express themselves on the popular social media platform.
“TikTok has become hugely popular among Nigerians. It is the number one video-sharing app, so we want to enable our customers to enjoy the platform without worrying about their data. Our goal is to provide affordable data plans to all our customers so they can experience more on the platform”, he said.
Okonkwo added that 9mobile wanted its customers to get exceptional value for their money by enjoying TikTok contents while saving on their mobile internet usage cost.
The telecommunications company promised to continue to transform lives with its consistent innovation that will enable Nigerians to achieve their full potentials.
NITDA, NEPC Partner On $4.7tn Digital Service Exportation
This alliance was in line with the Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pillar of the NITDA’s 2021-2024 Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) recently launched.
This was made known at a press briefing by the outgoing NEPC Executive Director, Mr Segun Awolowo, to commemorate the consolidation and partnership between the two organisations.
The NITDA Director-General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, who was represented at the event by the Acting Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr Aristotle Onumo, said that the partnership was aimed at facilitating the exportation of digital services.
He pointed out that more partnerships of such nature from the public and private sectors would bring out synergy, exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing among them.
Inuwaemphasised that the digital innovation and entrepreneurship pillar of SRAP would enable NITDA to collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the exportation of indigenous services.
“It would not have been so for NITDA to collaborate with sister agencies that have similar visions to drive the digital economy to its rightful place in Nigeria”, he said.
Another respondent, whose name was given only as MrAwolowo, noted that the partnership has provided about N150 million support grants to innovation hubs across three geopolitical zones in the country.
“We are also providing support to drive advocacy to ensure that Nigerian Start-up Bill is passed by the end of the year”, he added.
He said further that due to the level of inter-agency collaboration between NITDA and NEPC, they had been able to attend to all areas of services, from regulatory challenges to access to market and finance, skills gaps, and most importantly digital infrastructure.
Some of the achievements of the partnership include the Outsource Nigeria Initiative, financial interventions for six start-ups, support to three innovation hubs, setting up of skills acceleration centres and advocacy support for the Nigerian Start-up Bill.
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