Federal government has approved a national policy on the deployment of the 5G technology network.
Minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, disclosed this yesterday to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
He also explained why the deployment of the 5G network was put on hold in 2020.
According to him, the deployment would be in phases, starting with major cities in Nigeria, where there is a need for very high-quality broadband.
He said with the approval of the national policy, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has been directed to start working immediately to come up with regulatory instruments that will ensure its safety, and many more.
Pantami said, “That is the National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks for Nigeria’s digital economy, the national policy on 5G. So, that policy has been approved by the Federal Executive Council today.
“Furthermore, the policy discusses the benefits to be attained through the deployment of 5G in Nigeria and in any part of the world which includes lower latency, larger capacity, and higher data rate.
These are the three major benefits of the fifth generation. And in a simple language, we can say it will open many opportunities economically, academically, educationally, and even in the health sector.
“And it will also support our security institutions, particularly in areas where they need high-quality services. So, these are some of the benefits to be anticipated when fifth-generation or 5G is deployed in Nigeria. And before that, as you all know, in 2020, there was a time that we started working, and we started the 5th generation trials.
“And there was a complaint from citizens about the relationship between 5G and COVID-19. Because our government is responsible one, we put everything on hold. We engage more stakeholders.
“We spent almost 18 months working on that. And we also waited for the resolution and verdict of the two most important organisations globally when it comes to the deployment of telecommunications facilities.
“These are firstly the International Telecommunications Union. That is ITU, which is an arm of the United Nations, and also World Health Organisation, that is WHO, which is another arm of the United Nations. Both of them confirm that there are no any adverse health effects of 5G and it has not been proven to be any harmful to our health.
“Let us all recall that it has been deployed in the US, in the UK, in Switzerland, in Germany, and in so many European countries.
“It has also been developed in the Republic of Korea and China. And it has also been deployed in Africa, especially South Africa and Lesotho. And there are other countries that are also working in the same pace we have been, like Kenya, Uganda, Morocco and Egypt,” he said.