5G DEPLOYMENT: NCC, NigComSat Sign MoU

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Prof. Umar Danbatta

5G DEPLOYMENT: NCC, NigComSat Sign MoU

Nigerian Communications Commission and Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the use of C-Band spectrum on Nigerian communications satellite for 5G services.

The C-Band spectrum is expected to play a critical role in helping the nation achieve enhanced broadband and ultra-reliable latency communication.

In a document ‘Deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Technology in Nigeria’ released on Wednesday, the NCC said “Fifth Generation represents the fifth generation in mobile communications evolution and an incremental deployment is expected over the following decade.

“It is designed to be a system of systems that will bring flexibility to mobile, fixed, and broadcast networks and support more extensive data requirements.

“The technology will impact on the way interactions are done by enabling in some cases unforeseen business models, enhanced lifestyles all resulting in increased productivity.

“Some of the technologies already being touted include automated cars and advanced manufacturing, Internet of things (IoT) which will enable thousands of connected devices, such as smart energy meters, work together and share information. These changes and innovation have enormous economic benefits.”

It added that IHS Economics estimated that 5G would enable $12.3tn of global economic output in 2035.

Executive Vice Chairman at NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the C-band was most suitable for immediate deployment of 5G services taking into consideration availability of device ecosystem with 60-70 per cent of global commercial 5G network deployment currently in the band.

He said, “Amongst the Frequency Spectrum bands allocated to 5G by the International Telecommunications Union stands out because its balancing point between coverage and capacity provides the perfect environment for 5G connectivity.”

The C-band is all frequencies between 4 and 8GHz. In Nigeria it is between 3.4GHz and 3.9GHz.

 

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