The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that the demonstration launch of Fifth Generation (5G) network in Nigeria by MTN Nigeria reflects the Federal Government’s commitment to deepening broadband access in Nigeria.
The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta stated this on Thursday (5/12/2019) at the demo launch of 5G in Lagos by MTN. Danbatta also affirmed that 5G will be the bedrock of future communications.
“5G launch is a testament to the support of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to the Nigerian Communications Commission and the private sector” Danbatta stated through Henry Ojiokpota, NCC’s Lagos Zonal Controller, who spoke in his stead at the event, which attracted traditional rulers, medical practitioners, students and the representatives of Lagos state government.
Quoting a report by Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), Danbatta said 5G is expected to support significantly, faster mobile broadband speeds and lower latencies than earlier generation networks. He also stated that 5G will enable the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). “5G is a game-changer that will revolutionise the way of life from education to agriculture, security to entertainment, and governance in general” Danbatta stated.
Explaining further, the EVC said the availability of a fast wireless network will enable virtual learning and empower students and teachers to re-imagine what is possible inside and outside their classrooms.
In healthcare delivery, Danbatta said 5G will ease Artificial Intelligence (AI) and revolutionise healthcare as it makes it easier to organise diagnoses and to decide on the best treatment plan for specific patient.
“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 stated.
Lagos is the third city in Nigeria, where MTN has demonstrated the potency of 5G technology. The demonstration of the technology had earlier taken place at Abuja and Calabar on 25th and 28th November respectively.