“Telecoms Operators Not Laying 5G Cables In Lagos” – NCC Explains
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refuted claims that mobile network operators (MNOs) are laying 5G fibre cables in Lagos State and other parts of the country.
In a statement by the NCC Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the agency said mobile network operators (MNOs) companies were only laying fibre optic cables and deploying other equipment.
Professor Danbatta made this clarification following circulating rumors and conspiracy theories postulating that the laying of fibre optic cables by the MNOs was in connection with 5G network, which Pastor Chris Oyakhilome claims is the main cause of Coronavirus.
According to the NCC boss, the development is meant to “expand their networks infrastructure across the country to provide more efficient services to the consumers.”
Prof. Danbatta said;
As we speak, any information suggesting or claiming that the equipment being deployed by the network operators are 5G equipment is purely misinformation deliberately orchestrated by individuals bent on creating ill-feelings in the industry.
He urged Nigerians to get accurate information from right source like the NCC rather than “relying on information emanating on social media by some individuals out of ignorance to misinform our people.”
The NCC boss explained that the ongoing digging and fibre optic cable laying by some operators are in line with agreements reached during meetings by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and Management of the NCC with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) in January 2020.
Danbatta expressed that;
The Governors’ Forum agreed to allow the telecoms operators to expand their networks by granting the telecoms operators necessary permits, which they had been having difficulties in getting before now.
According to him, the Commission has not started any licensing process for 5G, adding that it had carried out a 5G trial for three months.
In the statement, NCC added that;
In line with our regulatory process with respect to technology-neutrality, type-approval and other regulations aimed at protecting the citizens and ensuring standards are complied with in the Nigerian telecoms industry, NCC ensures that adequate trial is conducted before a new technology is introduced.
It stressed that;
This is essentially to ensure public safety. This is a priority for us at NCC. Similar trials were carried out by NCC on earlier technologies that we use today, ranging from 2G, 3G and 4G.