The Nigerian Communications Commission is determine to flood Nigeria with accessible and affordable broadband services as it explores the huge possibilities of 5G network
| By Anayo Ezugwu | — Jul 20, 2017 @ 13:50 GMT |
SUNDAY Dare, executive commissioner stakeholder management, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said that the commission is determined to make broadband available, accessible and affordable in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria in accordance with the National Broadband Plan.
At the Annual Lecture of Mass Communication Students Association, University of Lagos, Akoka, on July 19, Dare who stated that two slots in the 700MHz band have been earmarked for commercial broadband deployment, added that the 800MHz band also known as the digital dividend 1 has been re-planned and licensed for Long Term Evolution, LTE, deployment, to support roaming internet access by cell phones and handheld devices.
According to him, part of the 1800MHz band has been reformed for LTE deployments; the 60GHz unlicensed band will soon be opened up for broadband deployment; the 900MHz E-GSM band has been licensed for LTE deployment; the 2.3GHz band was licensed for LTE deployment; the 2.6GHz band was licensed for broadband wireless; and the 70/80GHz band (E-Band) is also opened up for LTE deployment. “In addition, NCC already put in place a robust strategy to explore for the benefit of all Nigerians, the huge possibilities of 5G networks – the next evolution of mobile broadband. As the Commission plans for the future, it is also addressing the challenges of the moment. The declaration of 2017 as the Year of the Nigerian Telecom Consumer by the Nigerian Communications Commission speaks to the pre-eminence of the consumer in the comity of the industry stakeholders. It is a statement of commitment by the Commission to back Nigerians all the way as the citizens tap into the limitless possibilities offered by new communication technologies.
He said: “The advent of ICTs gave birth to greater possibilities of exploring our world. The pervasiveness of ICT tools in almost all spheres: media, health, education, finance and banking, governance, entertainment and agriculture has opened up our world to great opportunities – whether through imagery or other digital means we are able to perform our tasks smarter. This ICT revolution now plays out in the emerging smart world we live in. “We have smart phones, smart cities, smart governance and smart cars. Today, humanity is at the threshold of the Internet of Things, IOT, that promises the interconnectedness of virtually everything via a smart technology process. So, welcome again to the smart world. And be primed to explore its limitless possibilities and opportunities.”