Currently, there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment. The NCC back in November 2019 approved trial test for 5G for a period of three (3) months, and the trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.

The trial among others was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present. Relevant stakeholders including members of the security agencies were invited to participate during the trial.

The NCC will continue to maintain its policy of technology neutrality and will continue to encourage Service Providers to deploy the best technology that will meet the needs of the society in a secured and friendly manner.

Do we have 5G network in Nigeria now?

No. There is no 5G network in Nigeria at the moment. What has been done was a trial test for 3 months which has since been concluded.

When should we expect 5G in Nigeria?

No exact time frame has been allotted to when 5G will be available in Nigeria.

Do we have spectrum assigned for 5G in Nigeria?

Yes, particularly the millimetre wave spectrum from 24GHz and above are available.

Has the NCC allocated 5G spectrum to operators?

No. It will be auctioned at the appropriate time.

Who is going to Allocate spectrum for 5G in Nigeria?

The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) Chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has the responsibility for allocating bulk spectrum for various services.

Has the NCC issued licenses for 5G in Nigeria?

No, NCC has not issued any licence for 5G in Nigeria. NCC is technology neutral as such we don’t license technology but assigns spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by NFMC.

Published On: November 10th, 2020 / Categories: blog /