NCC suspends allocation of 5G frequency

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has suspended the allocation of frequency spectrums that are likely to be approved by the International Telecommunications Union for 5G network services.

Executive Vice- Chairman at NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, disclosed this at a Stakeholders Consultative Forum in Abuja on Tuesday.

Danbatta was represented at the event by Director of Spectrum Administration, Mr Austin Nwaulune,

He said it was important to suspend the allocation of the frequency to operators so that there would not be any encumbrance when the frequencies were eventually assigned for  5G services by ITU.

He listed the frequencies affected as 26GHz, 38Ghz and 42Ghz bands.

Danbatta said, “The commission has identified some of the potential frequency bands that may be harmonised for 5G deployment in region one and therefore suspended the licensing of those frequencies.

“This step will ensure that Nigeria is not caught unawares when those frequency bands are harmonised by standardisation bodies.  Key among these bands are 26Ghz, 38Ghz and 42Ghz bands.

“According to a research conducted by GSMA in 2018, about 5.17 billion people were already mobile in 2017 and it is projected to rise to six billion by 2025. In Nigeria alone, going by September statistics, we had about 106 million active internet subscribers.”

He added, “In another research by McKinsey Global, it is estimated that over 75 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by the year 2025, with global economic contribution ranging from $3.9 to $11.1tn annually.

“As such, all stakeholders are challenged to help develop smarter and efficient ways of utilising the already limited available resources in order to maximise the gains of these technologies.”

Danbatta said 5G technology was unique, promising and customisable.

In the meantime, the newly-appointed Commandant, Nigerian Army Depot, Kaduna, Brig.-Gen. Sani Mohammed, on Wednesday assumed duty.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mohammed took over from Maj.-Gen. Victor Okwudili-Ezugwu, who was redeployed to the Vehicle Manufacturing Unit, Kaduna, as the Chief Executive Officer.

Before his current appointment, Mohammed was the Acting Director of Manpower Planning (Army).

At the handover ceremony in Zaria, the outgoing commandant thanked God and army officers and men in the depot for support.

Okwudili-Ezugwu urged the personnel to also support the new commandant to enable him to take the depot to greater heights for the good of the Nigerian Army and the nation at large.

He said that new training methods were recently introduced in the depot in line with the directive of the chief of army staff toward enhancing standards.

“I want to state that, during my stay here as the commandant, we introduced new training techniques as directed by the chief of army staff; we have been able to follow this directive to the latter; nothing was left out.

“We have been able to achieve this with support and cooperation from all of you. I want you to extend the gesture to the new commandant,’’ he said.

Responding, Muhammed thanked God for sparing his life to get to the current status.

He praised the outgoing commandant for the legacies he left behind in the depot.

He promised to sustain established standards and build on what had been achieved, to take the institution to the next level.

“With all sense of humility, Maj-Gen. Okwudili-Ezugwu is my mentor; I will do my best to sustain the standards he established.

“This will not be possible without your support and cooperation,

“I want to plead with all of you to give me the support and cooperation you gave my mentor, to take the depot to greater heights.”

NAN reports that Mohammed, who hails from Bichi, Kano State, holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in defence studies.

He served in the then ECOMOG and also in the United Nations.

Additional report from Punch