NCC Set To Allocate 5G Slots To Mobile Network Operators
The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) is preparing to allocate 5G slots to mobile network operators, with 180 million telephone lines linked to the National Identification Number (NIN).
iexclusive News Nigeria reports that Prof Umar Danbatta, NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, speaking at the Commission’s Abuja headquarters during the Public Inquiry on three Regulatory Instruments on the Rule Making Process for industry stakeholders.
Hé stated that the commission was considering allocating five slots in the mid-band and low-band cadres to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) as soon as possible for the deployment of 5G technology.
Given the country’s security challenges, he added that it had become critical to examine criteria for SIM Card Registration and Replacement.
He stated that, in accordance with the Federal Government’s policy on digital identification, individuals’ biometric and demographic information needed to be updated in order for the government to handle the security dimensions of the country’s concerns.
“We’re seeking for substantial contributions from stakeholders,” he stated. We believe that combining mid- and low-band technologies will enable meaningful 5G services across the country. And we believe that newcomers will be able to benefit as well.
“However, officially, the 5G spectrum will be assigned, but it will be determined by price and subject to the permission of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.”
He claimed that the National Identity Number has been linked to over 180 million phone lines (NIN).
He went on to say that the SIM-NIN link-up was made feasible by the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC) capture of over 64 million Nigerians in the National Identity Numbers (NIN) database.
According to Danbatta, figures show that the telecommunications industry has recovered, with broadband penetration reaching 41% and active telephone subscribers increasing by over a million.
According to him, the number of enrolments will increase dramatically when Mobile Number Operators (MNOs) deploy around 1,500 NIN enrolment outlets.
According to available data, the telecommunications industry has recovered, with broadband penetration reaching 41% and active telephone subscribers increasing by over one million.