The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has debunked rumors that it issued 5G license to any mobile operator in the country.
The Commission in a statement on Monday signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Henry Nkemadu reacted to a rumors making rounds on social media sites that the Nigerian Telecoms industry is going to switch to 5G in Lagos, on Monday May 11, or Tuesday May 12, 2020.
The Commission, while dismissing the report insisted that the statement which came from faceless sponsors are not far from the truth, wondering why people would continue to misinform the public after it had provided clarification on the lying of fibre optic cables within Lagos and other parts of the country.
However, the NCC had in November of 2019 approved trial test for 5G for a period of three (3) months and that the trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.
The Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, said that ‘’the trial among others was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present. Relevant stakeholders including members of the security agencies were present to participate during the trial.
The statement reads as such: ‘‘The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to a mischievous statement making the rounds on social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites that the Nigerian Telecoms industry is going to switch on 5G in Lagos this Sunday 10th, Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th May 2020.
‘‘The statement from the faceless individuals or groups cannot be further from the truth. The Commission has unequivocally stated that there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment. The NCC back in November 2019 approved trial test for 5G for a period of three (3) months and that the trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.
The statement read: ‘‘The NCC had provided clarifications of Frequently Asked Questions on 5G in view of the recent developments in which misleading materials with no proven evidence are being circulated to link CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19 with 5G Technology and therefore refutes the claim that there will be switching on of 5G in Lagos in its entirety.