The Nigerian Federal Government has announced that Abuja, Lagos, Rivers, Kaduna, Gombe, and Anambra, would be the first six states to acquire the (5th) fifth-generation technology between 2022 and 2023. ayokinews.com reports
The government stated this in its ‘National Policy on Fifth Generation Networks For Nigeria’s Digital Economy’.
5G services would be available to other states beginning in 2025, the report says.
“To guarantee a coordinated effort in implementing the 5G plan, the National Communications Commission has been directed to collaborate with relevant agencies under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, and all other stakeholders to achieve the aims and objectives of this National Policy.”
“With the approval of this national policy, the implementation is to commence immediately to cover major cities across the different geopolitical zones of the country e.g. Abuja, Lagos, Rivers, Kaduna, Gombe, Anambra, and other states where the deployment is required and subsequently to other urban cities by 2025.”
According to the NCC’s ‘Draft Information Memorandum on 3.5 GHz Spectrum Auction,’ 5G will be deployed in six states in the first two years.
While the NCC did not name any states in its IM, it did note that “within year one to two, beginning from the effective date of the license.” Each geopolitical zone will have at least one state with service: SW, SS, SE, NC (including FCT), NW, and NE.