(Agence Ecofin) – Nigeria is now part of the restricted circle of African countries where 5G is operational. The authorities want to rely on this technology to improve the protection of people and property. A serious challenge that the country has been facing for several years.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (pictured), chaired the launch of the National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks in Abuja on Tuesday, January 25. The Head of State sees in this new technology many opportunities for the national economy, in particular the security and well-being of the nation.

The 5G network is a viable platform on which security institutions can rely to address the security challenges that have beset the country, harnessing the potential of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality ( AR), virtual reality (VR), robotics, etc. that explore information in real time for maximum efficiency explained the Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, during his presentation. He affirmed that the official launch of the 5G network in Nigeria comes as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to developing a thriving digital economy.

The National 5G Network Policy was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on September 8, 2021, after a series of trials and multi-stakeholder engagements that eliminated perceived health risks. Therefore, on December 13, 2021, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) auctioned the 3.5 GHz spectrum for fifth generation (5G) network licenses. MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications emerged as the winners of this auction.

Muhammadu Buhari said 5G technologies could support virtually every sector of the economy, including improving connectivity, healthcare, education while promoting smart cities and boosting agriculture. The President of the Republic has instructed all security institutions in the country to adopt 5G when it is deployed in order to strengthen national security.

Isaac K. Kassouwi

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