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The National Communications Communication has approved Spectrum for the trial of 5G Network.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed this at the launching of the maiden International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Digital African Week on Tuesday in Abuja.

Danbatta said that Nigeria had exceeded the 30 per cent penetration target set by the National Broadband Plan of 2013 to 2018 and stood at 33.31 per cent at the end of June 2019.

He said that the commission had developed an enabling environment to deploy broadband infrastructure across the country through the licensing of Infrastructure Companies (INFRACO).

Danbatta also said the commission would also deploy metro and inter-city fiber and broadband Point of Access with a minimum capacity of IOG bps across the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria.

Danbatta assured that the NCC would continue to promote and create policies, projects and programs aimed at facilitating digital revolution and digital inclusion in Nigeria.

“We have Put in place, Broadband implementation and Monitoring Committee (BIMC) to monitor full implementation of the INFRACO projects within the four year implementation plan.”

“With the development of Smart Cities KPIs by the ITU, it is imperative to have pervasive and ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across all our towns and Cities to achieve the objectives of making them Smart.”

“We will continue to work hard to ensure that all citizens of Nigeria have access to affordable broadband connection in respective of their circumstances or location,’’ he said.

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