The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umaru Danbatta, said on Wednesday the commission was working vigorously with multi-sector stakeholders to formulate policies on the 5th Generation (5G) mobile network.
Danbatta disclosed this during a virtual innovative technology forum organised by the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA).
He said the stakeholders included the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
Other bodies working with the commission to establish the 5G policy are the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the academia, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), and the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), among others.
The NCC chief said: “Our goal is that when the Federal Government is able to establish a policy that will drive 5G, all the benefits of 5G will be properly harnessed by Nigerians.
“The commission is also working to ensure the safety of 5G networks in Nigeria by having a multi-stakeholder approach in environmental impact analysis on the use of 5G and the Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) impact on humans in Nigeria.
“Once this is done, Nigerians can safely utilize 5G and reap all the economic, human, and material benefits of 5G.”
Danbatta said the economic benefits of 5G to Nigeria in the post-COVID-19 pandemic would be huge, especially as almost all businesses and activities of government are migrating and offering their services online.
He said 5G would enable a new kind of network for Nigerians, adding that it was designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.