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Nigerian Communications Commission Approves Spectrum for 5G Trial

At the opening of the maiden International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Digital African Week on Tuesday in Abuja, The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, disclosed that Nigeria had exceeded the 30% penetration target set by the National Broadband Plan of 2013 to 2018 and stood at 33.31% at the end of June 2019, in which the Commission has approved the spectrum for the trial of 5G services in the country.

He said that,the commission had developed a framework to facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure across the country through the licensing of Infrastructure Companies (INFRACO), the framework would also deploy metro and intercity fibre and broadband Point of Access with a minimum capacity of IOG bps across the 774 local government areas of Nigeria, the NCC had taken steps to involve members of the Academia as strategic stakeholders in the activities towards developing the Telecom sector.

Also, he noted that, the Research and Development Department of NCC is collaborating with universities and other institutions of higher learning to develop the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

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