NCC reserves spectrum for 5G ahead of trials

25 Sep 2019

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reserved spectrum in the 26GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz bands for 5G networks, local news source The Guardian reports, citing the regulator’s Executive Vice Chairman Umar Danbatta. The country is looking to allocate the currently unassigned frequencies to enable the rollout of 5G services in 2020, adding that preparations to trial the technology are underway. ‘The steps we are taking during the trials will involve the security agencies, which have a say on the security dimension of this new technology when it is eventually rolled out. So we want to ensure they are fully involved in this trial for the purpose of advising on the elements of the security concerns we should accommodate in the regulatory frameworks that will guide the deployment of this service if it eventually becomes commercialised,’ Danbatta noted.