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MTN to launch 5G network August 24

MTN Nigeria has announced that it will launch its 5G network by Aug. 24 in line with the directives of the Nigerian Communications Commission.

The telecom giant made this known in Lagos on Thursday during the 90th edition of the telecom consumer parliament organised by the NCC.

The NCC had in May handed over the final letters of award of 5G spectrum licences to winners of the December 3.5GHz spectrum auctions and subsequently ordered the telcos to roll out services by August.

Reacting to the mandate during a panel discussion, the representative of MTN Nigeria, Mr Chinedu Ezeigweneme, said the company had put plans in place and worked 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 Aug. 24, MTN will roll out 5G services,” Ezeigweneme said.

NCC, during the parliament discussion, stakeholders dispelled the  fears that the 5G network had health implications.

Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity at NCC, Dr Bako Wakil who presented a paper on the theme of the parliament, said there was no relevant health and safety authority had confirmed any health hazards arising from 5G network.

Wakil however said Industry collaboration was key to the successful deployment of 5G Services in Nigeria and urged industry stakeholders to stand with the Commission to explore the prospects and potentials of the new technology, which was enormous.

Wakil said 5G would provide many benefits and opportunities that would accelerate growth and smart living in the country.

He said the technology is expected to bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility and capacity, as well as low-latency capabilities.

NAN reports that the theme of the meeting was “5G Technology: Opportunities and Challenges.

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