The Nigerian Communications Commission said the fifth generation network will fill the country’s fiber optic connectivity gap and improve internet penetration through its wireless broadband connectivity across the country.
According to the World Bank, Nigeria needs three times more fiber infrastructure than it currently has to achieve around 90% broadband penetration, among others, by 2025. 55,000 km.
However, the NCC believes that rolling out 5G in the country will help it achieve record broadband penetration without having to rely on fiber infrastructure.
The NCC revealed this at the AfricaNXT 2022 conference during a session titled “Moving Steady Forward: Socio-Economic Importance of 5G Service Development”.
This session was moderated by NCC’s Online Media Manager, Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan. There were Team Leader, Nigeria Bureau for Indigenous Telecommunications Sector Development, Babagana Digima; Head, Space Services, Usman Aliyu; Head, Fixed Networks and Converged Services, Anthony Ikemefuna; and a senior official from the NCC’s Legal and Regulatory Services Department, Dr. Mohammed Suleh-Yusuf.
During the conversation, the NCC team said, “With 5G, there’s something for everyone. Nigeria is kick-starting these massive benefits with improved broadband.
“5G will bridge the fiber connectivity gap and with wireless broadband connectivity, Nigerians will enjoy improved broadband.”
According to them, 5G will fuel a host of applications and innovations, including smart cities, telemedicine, Internet of Things, smart agriculture, driverless cars, strengthening the security governance sector. , among others.
They said: “With 5G, there is something for everyone. Nigeria is kick-starting these massive benefits with improved broadband. 5G will bridge the fiber connectivity gap and with wireless broadband connectivity, Nigerians will enjoy improved broadband.
They added that telecom operators would reap huge benefits from 5G in many ways, from network slicing, new IoT revenue streams, industrial applications, games, entertainment as well as live streaming features supported by 5G, among others.
The panel said: “The latency of 5G, which measures its response time, is one millisecond, while that of 4G is measured at 10 milliseconds.
“While 4G can accommodate 100,000 device connections in a square kilometer, 5G can connect a million devices in the same space, and thus power the IoT. Moreover, the peak data rate of the 5G is 20 gigabits per second download and 10 GB upload, which is higher than 100 megabytes per second download and 50 MB upload offered by 4G network.
They added that the prices of 5G devices and related equipment will drop soon, as the number of 5G devices is expected to reach over one billion in the next two years.
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