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5G: NCC Partners Media Executives on Capacity-Building

5G: NCC Partners Media Executives on Capacity-Building
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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has organised capacity-building programmes for media executives on fifth-generation mobile technology otherwise called 5G, ahead of the deployment of the service by 2022.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the capacity building workshops for media executives organised by the telecoms regulator in the Northern and Southern divides of the country, was part of efforts to support the continuous professional development of critical stakeholders in the telecommunications industry.

The workshops, which took place in Kano and Lagos recently with the theme: “5G Deployment and the Next Level of Nigeria’s Development,’ provided an avenue for media stakeholders to have better knowledge and understanding of the potentials of the new technology, Adinde says.

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Ken Ugbeche, Publisher, Political Economist (left); Tony Ikemefuna, Head, Fixed Network and Converged Services, NCC; Osinachi Buchi- Chukwu, Principal Manager, Media & Public Relations, NCC; Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Head Online Media, NCC; Simon Kolawole, CEO, The Cable Newspaper and Shina Badaru, CEO, Technology Times in Lagos.

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These workshops, he adds, “are expected to position the journalists to be able to accurately report issues around 5G, through explanatory, incisive, analytical and evidence-based reportage, while also being able to clarify misconception and misinformation on the new technology.”

Through the workshops, “the Commission believes the journalists will be able to focus on how 5G will impact different sectors of the economy, including agriculture, e-commerce, e-banking, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), education, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, security, entertainment including the music and movie industries and other aspects of Digital Nigeria.”

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, who delivered the opening addresses at the two workshops, says the theme of the workshops was most apt at a time when the Commission is on full throttle to drive the implementation of 5G deployment in the country, following the approval of the Federal Government on September 8, 2021.

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Anselm Okolo, Executive Director, Journalism.com Limited compering the workshop in Kano.

Delivering his address at the Kano and Lagos workshops through the NCC Public Affairs Director, Adinde, and Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, NCC Head of Online Media respectively, Danbatta, says the workshops were organised to equip the media stakeholders with greater insights and knowledge around 5G in order to improve their overall understanding of the new technology, its usage, opportunities and the benefits it offers for the overall development of Nigeria’s socio-economic life.

“As we progress in our journey of 5G deployment, the media has a critical role in the process by ensuring proper and adequate reportage of the programmes and activities of the Commission as it unfolds the 5G Deployment Plan of the Federal Government”, the EVC says.

Accordingly, Nigeria’s “promising 5G Plan has the objectives of ensuring efficient assignment of spectrum for 5G deployment, creating an enabling environment for investment in the telecom industry, ensuring effective deployment of 5G to cover major urban cities by 2025, among others.”

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Engineer Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC giving the presentation on ‘Understanding 5G Technology and its Role in Nigeria’s Socio-economic Development’ in Kano.

According to Danbatta, “in line with the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2025 for a Digital Nigeria, and the positioning of Nigeria as an early adopter of digital technology in the growing global digital economy, the successful and timely deployment of 5G is crucial and it is expected that the roll-out of the 5G will be carried out in phases beginning with major cities in the country, where there is need for high-quality broadband.”

NCC also made technical presentations to journalists at the workshops focusing on how the Commission is setting the stage for 5G journey, in terms of requirements, deployment, use cases, and possible challenges which it is working with relevant stakeholders to tackle for effective implementation of 5G Deployment Plan for Nigeria.

While Engineer Bako Wakil, NCC Director, Technical Standard, and Network Integrity, made the technical presentation to media stakeholders at the Kano workshop, the NCC’s Head, Fixed Network and Converged Services, Tony Ikemefuna, handled the delivery of the presentation at the Lagos workshop.

During the technical sessions in Kano and Lagos, the media stakeholders were adequately informed on 5G characteristics such as enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-reliable low latency, and speed, explaining to them that 5G will facilitate several emerging technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine communication, among others. The media professionals also used the opportunity to ask various questions and clarify conflicting issues bordering on security and health implications of 5G deployment.

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