Deployment of 5G Network will fast track Nigeria’s economic growth – Computer Professionals


By Anayo Ezugwu

THE Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, has said that the deployment of fifth-generation, 5G network, in the country is capable of fast-tracking the nation’s economic growth. CPN said 5G network would migrate Nigeria fully into a digital economy.

In a communiqué at the end of its 2020 Virtual Information Technology Assembly, CPN noted that the deployment of 5G in Nigeria has numerous advantages, which include faster internet connection. The communiqué signed by Prof. Charles Uwadia, president, CPN, stated that 5G network will enable the smoother user experience and huge deployment of Information Technology to drive the growth and development of industries.

The professional body recommended the adoption of 5G network to the government at all levels. It noted that Nigeria will derive huge socio-economic benefits from the commercial deployment of the 5G networks. “The new networks will come with great potentials that will boost the entire spectrum of Nigeria’s socio-economic ecosystem.

“Adoption of 5G network in Nigeria will bring about transformation in the country in the area of smart city, smart transportation, efficiency in medicine as well as a lot of automation in respect for our appliances and devices with respect to the Internet of Things (IoT). The country will also benefit immensely from the adoption of the network in terms of faster speed, high latency and high capacity that will transform consumer and business experiences because of the difference between all other existing generations of technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G lie in speed and data capacity.

“Provision of good and adequate supply of power will enable the citizenry to enjoy the benefits of 5G network and derive huge socio-economic benefits from the commercial deployment of the fifth generation (5G) networks. Therefore, there is need for the Federal Government to intensify its efforts in addressing the power challenges in the country.  The federal government is hereby enjoined to ensure that the cost of 5G compatible devices is affordable to Nigerians so that the citizens can benefit from the new technology.

“The federal government of Nigeria should declare Information Technology and Telecommunications as a critical national infrastructure to facilitate the success of the national broadband strategy. Governments at various levels should also intensify their efforts to embrace Information Technology with its attendant potentials of facilitating governance and eradicating corruption in the country

“The complete adoption of Information Technology, as well as the migration of government operations from manual to digital, will make the country to conform to the benchmark of government operations in the 21st century,” it said.

The CPN regretted that there are a lot of misgivings, misinterpretations, and misconceptions surrounding the issue of adoption and deployment of 5G network in Nigeria.

– Aug. 27, 2020 @ 9:35 GMT |

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