5G installations continues to gain ground as the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, announced it had commenced deploying the Fifth Generation technology across Nigeria.
The news was disclosed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, at the Public Inquiry on Two Regulatory Instruments Drafting, held in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the professor, he explained that the technology is mainly dependent on the appropriate frequency spectrum, among other related aspects.
Speaking on some of the technicalities of the project, Danbatta said there was also an attendant secondary reliance on different approaches to maximise the frequency spectrum.
In reference to the project, the Executive Vice President explained that a critical demonstration would assist people in identifying with some Spectrum Frequencies for the 5G deployment.
Further explaining in some complex terminologies, Dambatta hinted that the Fifth Generation technology led to the need to design several bands of frequency spectrum for communications services.
5G Installations, New Regulations by NCC
Regarding the new regulations introduced by NCC, professor Dambata said the NCC was mindful of the expectations and the need to guarantee that the required regulatory frameworks could meet the identified challenges.
NCC made efforts to establish an annual operating regulatory tax package to carry out an adequate assessment of all mobile network licensees in order to meet the statutory and supervisory requirements.
“We must be prepared on both ends of the industry to push the country forward for these remarkable changes,” adding that “the licensees continue to invest in the deployment of the technology,” Danbatta said.
The Commission explained that the two vital regulatory instruments are tailored to meet the challenges and further strengthen the industry’s market structure.
The two instruments include Annual Operating Regulations and the Frequency Spectrum Regulations, which fees and pricing fall under the former and latter.
Danbatta said the first instrument would align the regulations and current realities to sustain the desirable contributions of the communications industry to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
Meanwhile, he elaborated that the second instrument is a vehicle that enables the Commission to meet its role and exclusive mandate in Section 121 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 by equitably assigning this scarce national resource.
NCC’s regulations would guarantee that the frequency spectrum is assigned and managed in a way that provides fair pricing and efficient deployment of attendant services.” He said.