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NCC mulls regulation to tackle spectrum scarcity


As part of measures to tackle the infrastructure challenges that beset the telecom sector, its regulatory body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has disclosed that plans are in the pipeline to put regulations in place that will allow telcos share spectrum.

Speaking at the Demo launch of 5G Network in Lagos, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, said the NCC was working on regulations that will enable telcos lease spectrum to one another for the growth of the industry.
Represented at the launch by the Lagos Zonal Coordinator of NCC, Mr Henry Ojiopkota, Danbatta described 5G as the bedrock of future communication, stating that Nigeria must be part of the future. 
 According to him,5G is a game-changer that will revolutionise the way of life from education to agriculture, security to entertainment, and governance in general.

“As demonstrated here today, by moving to 5G networks, healthcare organisations can use the AI tools they need to provide the best care possible from wherever they are in the hospital or clinic,” he added.

A report by GSM Association, a global association for mobile operators, had predicted that seven  African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa will have 5G by 2025, stating that it will account for three per cent of mobile data compared to 16 per cent globally. It assumed enterprises and public institutions.


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