The Federal Government has approved the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) Networks in Nigeria to cater for the country’s growing need for a digital economy,
The 5G networks was approved at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, following the presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami).
The Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the Minister, Femi Adeluyi, in a statement said that the implementation of the policy is with immediate effect.
Adeluyi explained that the National Policy was developed over a period of two years, due to the need for extensive stakeholders’ engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness and sensitisation.
The multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement took into account the report of a 3-month 5G trial that commenced on the 25th of November 2019.
The report critically reviewed and studied the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, major international organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an organ of the United Nations, have confirmed that the deployment of 5G networks leave no adverse health effect and are safe.
According to experts, 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.
Some countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Lesotho have already commenced the deployment of 5G.