Nigeria approves 5G policy

10 Sep 2021

The Federal Executive Council has approved the ‘National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy’. The 5G policy was approved on 8 September 2021, following its presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. The National Policy was developed over a period of two years, due to the need for extensive stakeholder engagement and the need to ensure adequate public awareness, and it also took into account the report of the three-month 5G trials that commenced on the 25 November 2019 to study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.

The implementation of the National Policy is with immediate effect and the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) will soon release spectrum to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to award to mobile operators that meet all the required conditions.