Buhari Approves National Policy On 5G Network

The President Muhammadu Buhari led-Federal Government has approved the National Policy on the fifth-generation network in Nigeria popularly known as 5G.

This decision was disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who addressed journalists in Abuja after the weekly Federal Executive Council in Abuja on Wednesday.

He explained that the benefits that accrue from employing such networks include larger capacity, higher data rates among other economic, health, security, and educational opportunities.

‘Mine is a memo in which I presented before the Federal Executive Council, which has also been approved after deliberation. That is the National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks for Nigeria’s digital economy, the national policy on 5G,’ he explained.

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‘That policy has been approved by the Federal Executive Council today. Furthermore, the policy discusses the benefits to be attained through the deployment of 5G in Nigeria and in any part of the world which includes lower latency, larger capacity, and higher data rate.

‘These are the three major benefits of fifth generation. And in a simple language, we can say it will open many opportunities economically, academically, educationally, and even in the health sector. And it will also support our security institutions, particularly in areas where they need high-quality services.’

According to the Minister, the radiation from the 5G has proven to be lower than the 4G, televisions or micro waves, contrary to stories peddled on social media.

There have been concerns about the deployment of the 5G communications network, especially over its alleged linkage with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Africa Today News, New York recalls that on May 19, the Senate asked the Federal Government to suspend plans to deploy the 5G network pending a six-month investigation into possible health risks associated with the technology.

In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cellphones.