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NCC Identifies Inadequate Power Supply And Insufficient Fibre Infrastructure As Challenges To 5G Network Deployment

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Engineer Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has identified inadequate power supply and insufficient fibre infrastructure, as challenges that might impede the deployment of 5G Network in Nigeria.

He disclosed this at a special session, held by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on the benefits and challenges of deploying the 5G Network, at the Social Media Week Lagos, SMW Lagos, held at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Engineer Bako Wakil, stated this, while making his contributions, as a participant, in a panel of discussants at the special session.

The panel of discussants, also, included Engineer Kenneth Uzoekwe, Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC, who stood in for Engineer Austine Mwalune, Director of Spectrum Administration, NCC, with Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Head of Online Media, NCC, serving as the Moderator.

Professor Adeolu Akande, the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, was, also, on hand, at the special session.

L-R: Engineer Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Head of Online Media, NCC and Engineer Kenneth Uzoekwe, Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, in discussion, at the special session, organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on the benefits and challenges of deploying the 5G Network, at the Social Media Week Lagos, SMW Lagos, held at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Wakil, stated that, the 5G Network is one that will require more, in terms of electricity than the 4G that, we are currently running, stating that, the Commission does not have any powers to work on improving the power supply in the country, as it was not within its purview.

He, however, appealed to the authorities concerned, to quickly work on improving the power situation in Nigeria as soon as possible.

On the insufficiency of fibre infrastructure, Wakil stated that the Commission has started doing something about it, to ensure that the insufficiency is resolved.

“The good thing about the fibre infrastructure is that, it is something that the NCC has taken steps to deploy fibre broadband facilities in the 774 Local Government areas across the country”, he stated.

He had earlier stated that, 5G is, a 5th generation of mobile technology, popularly referred to, as 5G 2020. “It is designed with a huge capability and requirements, for our today’s needs, as well as, the near future”, Wakil stressed.

The panel had earlier identified some of the benefits of 5G Network to include faster Latency, (action and reaction time in 1 millisecond), faster download capacity, high number of connectivity with more devices capable of being connected, massive machine-type communication that enables IoT, enhanced mobile broadband which enables very fast internet connectivity and high data capacity.

Cross-section of participants at the special session, organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on the benefits and challenges of deploying the 5G Network, at the Social Media Week Lagos, SMW Lagos, held at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

The panelists, also, allayed the fears of the consumers that thought that the 5G Network, will be coming with harmful radiation, as the radiation that will be emitted by it will not be harmful to the human cells.

It will be recalled that the NCC, in conjunction with MTN, demonstrated the 5G experience in Abuja, Lagos and Calabar, in December 2019.

The special session was attended, by a cross-section of Network consumers, across board.


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L-R: Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Head of Online Media, Engineer Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC,  NCC, Professor Adeolu Akande, the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission and Engineer Kenneth Uzoekwe, Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, who represented Engineer Austine Mwalune, Director of Spectrum Administration, NCC, at a special session, organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on the benefits and challenges of deploying the 5G Network, at the Social Media Week Lagos, SMW Lagos, held at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, February 27, 2020.


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