Posted by Editor | 4 April 2020, 06:02pm | 723
Anxious Nigerians may not need to worry for now as Nigeria may not be installing the 5G Communications technology in the country, going by the position of Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Technology.
Pantami, in a statement, on Saturday, against the backdrop of th rumours that the deployment of the Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) is linked to global pandemic of COVID-19, said the country did not have the licence yet for the deployment of the technology.
He stated that Nigeria’s National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), which he chaired has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G, adding that no license had been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country.
The Minister however said a three-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.
His words: “As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial.
“The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing. His President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians. As such, our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens.
“Government will not act on the speculations only, but rather we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public. I have also directed the NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.
“I wish to thank the general public for reaching out to us on this issue. We advise you all to remain rest assured that government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology,” said the Minister.