Mobile operator MTN Nigeria has disclosed it will roll out its 5G network by 24 August 2022, reported The Guardian.
The telco said this at the 90th edition of the telecom consumer parliament, organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) in Lagos.
In May, the NCC handed over the final letters of award of 5G spectrum licences to winners of the 3.5GHz spectrum auction, MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd and MAFAB Communications Ltd, who were mandated to roll out services in August by NCC.
Reacting to the mandate during a panel discussion, the representative of MTN Nigeria, Chinedu Ezeigweneme, said MTN had put plans in place and working with all relevant stakeholders to ensure a smooth rollout.
“We have put all plans in place. We have discussed with relevant stakeholders and I can assure you that come August 24, MTN will roll out 5G services,” Ezeigweneme said.
Stakeholders also dispelled the fears that 5G network had health implications during the parliament discussion.
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, invited the support of all stakeholders to ensure that 5G technology is deployed in Nigeria in a manner beneficial to all telecom consumers and to support the emergent Digital Economy Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders across sectors to ensure faster deployment of 5G services, and accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s broadband infrastructure,” he said.
Also, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management of NCC, Adeleke Adewolu, urged all participants to exploit the opportunities offered by the 90th TCP to contribute to the deployment of 5G Network in Nigeria.
“We must conclude this Telecom Consumer Parliament with solutions to challenges that are associated with 5G deployment in countries that had deployed the services ahead of Nigeria. We must also have a clear roadmap on how the opportunities offered by the technology can be maximized for the benefit of Nigerians” Adewolu concluded.