‘Misinformation derailing deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria’
Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta, yesterday, said misinformation on 5G technology was capable of derailing its launch and implementation in the country.
He noted that when fully deployed, the technology would provide increased speed and bandwidth as well as deeper coverage of rural or difficult terrains, adding that it would provide better security for government and private organisations.
Speaking at the training session for the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) in Abuja, Danbatta pointed out that a recent landmark economy study conducted by Qualcomm showed that 5G would affect the global economy and drive growth exponentially.
He added that its full economic effect would likely be realised globally by 2035, as it would support a wide range of industries and potentially enable up to $13.2tr worth of goods and services, insisting that its impact would be greater than the current 4G network.
Danbatta, who was represented by NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, lamented that most Nigerians, including citizens in more civilised countries were fixated about the notion that the deployment of 5G technology caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed that the misconception was worsened because those saddled with the responsibility of informing, educating and enlightening the Nigerian telecom consumers also lacked the knowledge of the new technology and ran with the doubters.