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Airtel says they are ready to use 5G technology in Nigeria



Earlier this year, the controversy surrounding 5G technology caused strong emotions among Nigerians and others elsewhere, after previous unconfirmed claims that it was related to the coronavirus outbreak. The rumor was also praised by some well-known personalities such as Pastor Chris Oyakilom. It caused an uproar on the Internet and was strongly opposed by the government because the government allegedly authorized companies such as MTN Nigeria to operate 5G networks in the country.

NCC must issue several statements to clarify that 5G networks will not cause coronavirus, and it has not issued 5G network licenses to any telecommunications company. According to NCC, the approved 5G trial conducted by MTN lasted for three months, and the trial has ended and installation has ceased.

“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,” as the statement reads.

Airtel Africa Plc stated that it is almost fully prepared for the implementation of 5G networks. CEO Raghunath Mandava disclosed this during the telecom company’s recent first-quarter 2020 earnings conference call. Nairametrics saw the record of the conference call. Mandava answered a specific question about Airtel’s views on 5G networks and how far they have gone in developing their 5G networks.

NCC view on 5G

After successful demonstrations in six locations across the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced last month that it has begun to formulate a policy for deploying 5G in Nigeria. According to the telecommunications regulator, the move is in line with the directives of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to promote the development of the communications industry in Nigeria.

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