Nigeria’s National Policy on the 5G Network has been approved by the Federal Government.
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This was stated by Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.
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Larger capacity and higher data rates, among other things, are among the benefits of using the 5G network, he explained.
“I presented a memo to the Federal Executive Council, and it was approved after deliberation as well. For Nigeria’s digital economy, that is the National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks or 5G, he explained.
“The Federal Executive Council has today approved that policy. Furthermore, the policy discusses the advantages of deploying 5G in Nigeria and anywhere else in the world, including reduced latency, increased capacity, and increased data rate.
“These are the five generation’s three most important advantages (network). In layman’s terms, it will provide numerous economic, academic, educational, and health-related opportunities. It will also assist our security institutions, particularly where high-quality services are required.”
In contrast to stories circulated on social media, the Minister claims that 5G radiation is lower than 4G, televisions, or microwaves.
The deployment of the 5G communications network has raised concerns, particularly in light of its alleged link to the COVID-19 outbreak. Authorities have denied the allegations several times.
On May 19, the Senate requested that the Federal Government postpone plans to roll out the 5G network for six months while it conducts a six-month investigation into the technology’s potential health risks.
5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the planned successor to the 4G networks that connect most current cellphones.
Aside from the 5G network, the Minister also addressed the security situation in the northwestern United States.
He clarified that the shutdown of telecommunications in Zamfara State was not ordered by him, but rather by security institutions to improve their strategies.
Pantami claims that the government is willing to go to any length, even if it means sacrificing economic benefits, to ensure the country’s security.
He refused to say whether the same measure would be implemented in other states where banditry is a problem, but he did call for more support for security agencies for them to fulfil their mandate.
Authorities ordered a telecoms blackout in Zamfara State on Monday to help the armed forces combat banditry in the area.