Nigeria not ready for 5G, says Expert

A data systems analyst, Kunle Dawodu, says Nigeria is not ready for 5G technology as the infrastructure, including power and low penetration of digital inclusion will not encourage investors.

He started this at the weekend while reacting to the comment credited to the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, that African continent holds the ace and that 5G is the next frontier of investment.

Prof Danbatta had in his presentation at the International Union (ITU) Telecom World 2019 in Budapest, Hungary, claimed that with a large number of 3.7 billion global unconnected population out of which 1.2 billion reside in Africa, 5G investment will be money spinner for telecoms investors from across the world to the continent.

Danbatta said 5G will provide a very veritable and convincing investment for investors.

According to Dawodu, Africa is in need of technology, but it is yet to put infrastructures on ground to drive the push for international investors to come in with the latest technology.

Dawodu argued that “With the cost of deploying 5G and the quantum of what it can be used for, Africa is yet to begin the type of businesses that need 5G. Even the 4G, not up to 10 per cent of Nigerians and by extension, Africans have accessed it because the continent is yet to have the needed infrastructure upon which 4G can run seamlessly.

In his further submission, he called on African governments to work on power improvement because 5G relies mostly on steady electricity to be meaningful, revealing that the major reason why 4G access in Nigeria has been unstable is power crisis.


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