The Federal Government reveals it has finished testing the Fifth Generation Mobile Network popularly known as 5G in the country, adding that result is being awaited.
There has been a lot of social media discussion around the 5G network — the latest high-speed mobile broadband technology — with some Nigerians saying the network is responsible for some health challenges in the country.
However, debunking those claims, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami said in a Saturday press release that no license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country.
The minister said “our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens,” and assured that President Muhammadu Buhari wants to see every Nigerian in good health.
He disclosed that the trial for the 5G network had run for a period of three months — starting November 25, 2019 — in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.
However, the result of the trial is still being awaited and Pantami has said Nigerians should rest assured that the government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology.
The attention of my office has been drawn to the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria.
Based on available records at my office and the earlier report received from the regulator, I would like to clarify as follows:
i. The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G
He disclosed that the trial for the 5G network had run for a period of three months — starting November 25, 2019 — in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigerian.