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BREAKING: Nigeria Set To Deploy 5G As NCC, NIGCOMSAT Ink MOU On Spectrum Agreement

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All is set for Nigeria to deploy

5G technology following the signing of a Memorandun of Understanding today, between the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigerian Communications Satellite ( NiGComsat)

Spectrum refers to the invisible radio frequencies that wireless signals travel over, and the NigComsat plans to deploy the 5G on the C-Band Spectrum.

The C-band is considered as one of the most suitable and appropriate spectrum band for the deployment of 5G services considering the availability of device ecosystem with 60-70% of global commercial 5G network deployment currently in the band.

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke at the MoU signing said the Commission aims at facilitating the release of contiguous bandwidth in one of the most suitable Frequency Spectrum band(s) for early deployment of 5G services in the Nigerian market.

He said  that amongst the Frequency Spectrum bands allocated to 5G by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU, the C-band (3.4GHz – 3.9GHz) stands out because its balancing point between coverage and capacity provides the perfect environment for 5G connectivity.

“For optimal 5G service performance, an average of contiguous 100 MHz of spectrum in the C-band is required by an Operator. However in Nigeria, only 120 MHz of the band (3.4 – 3.52) GHz is available for mobile services while the remaining 680 MHz (3.52 – 4.2) GHz of the band is used by NigComSat (NG-1R) satellites”, Danbatta said.

According to him the NCC initiated negotiation with NIGCOMSAT whom in its estimate could make some adjustment to its satellite operation and release part of its Spectrum holding in the band to facilitate the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.

Danbatta said that the impeccable team at NigComSat proved the NCC right

“The two agencies have been in discussions on how to relocate the operations of NG-1R to the standard C-band 300MHz (3.9GHz – 4.2GHz) potion of the band, which is more suitable in terms of Satellite service offering because end user terminal are cheaper there, while leaving the non-standard C-band 400MHz (3.5GHz – 3.9GHz) portion of the band for 5G use. The cost of relocating the NG-1R is expected to be offset from the proceeds of the auction of the 5G Spectrum, Danbatta said.

The Chairman Board of Commissioners, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Adeolu Akande, who was also at the event said that Telecommunication evolution from inception to date has led to improvement in user experience witnessed from 2G, 3G and later 4G. The global impact of 4G brought about increases in mobile usage and network performance. 5G will build on this momentum, bringing substantial network improvements, including higher connection speeds, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities.

He added: “In doing so, it enables new use cases and applications that will positively impact different sectors and improve efforts towards achieving Digital Economies.

“It does not only offer enhanced broadband and ultra-low, ultra-reliable latency communications but also provide massive machine type communications, where a lot of devices will seamlessly connect and independently interact with the internet without human intervention. Thus, enabling several Smart City initiatives”

Dr Abimbola Alale, NigComsat Managing Director signed on behalf of her establishment.

L-R: Engr. Oluwatoyin Asaju, Director, Spectrum Administration, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Mr. Hadi Muhammad, Executive Director, Finance and Accounts, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT); Mr. Adeleke Adewolu, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC; Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC; Chief Uche Onwude, Member, NCC Board of Commissioners; Dr. Abimbola Alale, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT;  Prof Abdu Bambale, Executive Director, Technical, NIGCOMSAT, and  Engr. Ubale Maska, Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Fifth Generation (5G) spectrum on Wednesday in Abuja.

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