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5G network set to be deployed in Nigeria, as NCC plans spectrum handover to MTN, Mafab

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All is now set for Nigeria to begin deployment of fifth generation networks, as the National Frequency Management Council announced it has handed over the 3.5GHz spectrum allocation to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The handover was done on Thursday a statement from NCC spokesman Uwa Suleiman noted.

The statement read in part, “The National Frequency Management Council has formally handed over the 3.5GHz spectrum allocation for the deployment of Fifth Generation Networks to the Nigerian Communications Commission.”

Also, it was revealed that Isa Pantami Minister of Communications and Digital Economy presented the National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy.

Read also: Deployment of 5G network nationwide at 97% readiness —NCC

During the handover, the minister directed that the spectrum be distributed to the companies whose bids were successful during the auction in December 2021, and urged all stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the National Policy of 5G for Nigeria’s Digital Economy.

The NCC auction for its two available lots of 100 MHz TDD slots of 3.5 GHz band for the deployment of 5G network in the country was won by MTN Nigeria and Mafab Nigeria Communications Limited in December last year.

MTN and Mafab paid $273.6 million each for the 5G network.

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