The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has made known the challenges surrounding the deployment of a 5G network in the country.
The commission said that the inconsistent power supply in the country is a major challenge, as power is crucial in facilitating 5G deployment.
The NCC said extensive fibre infrastructure deployment at the last-mile is a major facilitator of the deployment of 5G.
Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, Bako Wakil, disclosed this at the just concluded Social Media Week, which was covered by Nairametrics.
Speaking on the importance of 5G, he said there were better communication possibilities. Wakil made known that 5G would allow the extremely accurate and near-instantaneous transfer of large quantities of data.
The NCC Director also said 5G technologies would ensure a better experience of virtual realities, driverless cars, drone operations and the Internet of Things.
While describing 5G as the newest generation of technology, he said it will “bring about transformation in the country in the area of smart city, smart transportation, efficiency in medicine, a lot of automation, and 5G will control a lot of appliances and devices with respect to the Internet of Things.”
“The difference between all other existing generations of technologies such as 2G, 3G, and 4G lies in speed and data capacity. The 5G deployment, however, offers even faster speed, high latency and high capacity that will transform consumers and business experiences,” Wakil added.
Meanwhile, Wakil disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was coordinating the NCC, the National Frequency Management Council, and the National Broadband Plan to address broadband infrastructure deficits and the poor state of electricity supply in the country. He said it needed to be addressed by other sectors of the economy because that matter was outside the purview of the NCC.