No licence has been issued for 5G in Nigeria – Pantami
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has stated to clarify that the Nigerian government has not issued any licence for the rolling out of 5G technology in the country.
The minister stated this on Saturday in a press statement he signed in his bid to quell raging insinuation about the technology and the spread of coronavirus from China.
According to the Minister, the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G.
He pointed out that as the chairman of NFMC, no license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country.
“A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria,” Pantami stated.
According to him, “As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial.
“The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing,” he said.
According to him, the current administration “places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians.
“As such, our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens.
“Government will not act on the speculations only, but rather we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public. I have also directed the NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.”