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When will 5G be available in Nigeria?

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Learn all you need to know about 5G in Nigeria on this page, especially when it is going to be available in the country.

Before we talk about 5G in Nigeria, let’s put it into perspective that 4G is still not available in all parts of the country, even where 4G is available, it is still more or less an an upgraded 3G and not 4G.

According to my observations, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is not doing a great job keeping the country up to speed with the world in terms of telecommunications.

With an average of over 60million active internet users in the country, we ought to be doing better that we currently are.

What is 5G Nigeria?

According to Wikipedia, 5G is generally seen as the fifth generation cellular network technology that provides broadband access. The industry association 3GPP defines any system using “5G NR” software as “5G”, a definition that came into general use by late 2018.

The successor to the current 4G network technology introduced commercially in 2009 promises nearly instantaneous transfers of huge amounts of data that will likely bring major changes to an array of consumer and health products.

While previous cellular networks focused on mobile phones, 5G promotors say its greater transmission speed and total bandwidth will allow a ballooning number of objects such as traffic lights, crop equipment, refrigerators and other household appliances to send and receive data.

One of the biggest innovations that 5G is expected to enable are self-driving cars, because it can virtually eliminate latency — the time it takes to get a response to information sent over the network.

NCC roll out date for 5G in Nigeria

Many Nigerians want to know when 5G will be available in the country. On 28th of May 2019, Australia became the third country in the world to get 5G mobile. Which means we are not so far behind.

But we don’t want to wait till we take the number 70 spot and so we want it rolled out in no time.

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) , Nigeria would be ready to roll out 5G networks with the 26GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz spectrum bands by 2020.

Danbatta acknowledged the deficit in infrastructure rollout and spectrum availability in the country but added that the NCC was already working to address the challenges.

He said NCC would begin with the available 26GHz, 38GHz and 42GHz to drive 5G rollout in the country.

That might be tough call being that we are already close to the middle of 2019 and 4G is not yet available nationwide, let’s not even talk about 3G’s nationwide coverage.

Though they might be planing to roll it out in some FEW regions.

As we all know, 5G phones are already available in the market, and all that is left is the availability by telecoms.