We’re 97% ready for 5G deployment – Danbatta

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…..Says Commission set to auction 5 slots of spectrum

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has informed that the Commission is 97 percent ready for 5G deployment.

This is also as he has said that the Commission is set to auction five slots of spectrum for deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) technology.

Danbatta disclosed these Abuja on Tuesday during the public hearing and inquiry on the proposed draft regulations on telephone subscriber registration, Sim replacement and spectrum allocation, 2021.

According to the EVC, “When I appeared before the Senate on our readiness for 5G deployment, I said we were 95 per cent ready but as at today, we are 97 per cent ready.”

Adding that the commission had put everything place to auction five slots of 5G spectrum.

Mr Adeleke Adewolu, NCC Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, his welcome address, said that the public hearing and inquiry on the spectrum trading guidelines, sim registration guidelines and telephone users guidelines would help the commission to improve the industry.

Adewolu appealed to the commission to look into the N200,000 penalty for active unregistered line and review it upward so that it could serve as deterrent.

“This spectrum trading guidelines, telephone users guidelines and SIM replacement guidelines will help to guarantee growth the industry,” he said.

The NCC Director, Legal Services, Mrs Josephine Amuwahe, who gave an overview of Sim registration and activation, said that any network provider that allowed pre-registered Sim without full bio-data would N200,000 penalty per Sim.

Amuwahe, represented by the Director, Telecoms Laws and Regulatory Unit, Legal Services Department, NCC, Mrs Helen Obi, listed some of the new guidelines.

her words, ” guidelines are, Activation window (grace period where a subscriber enjoyed limited services before full registration), a period has been increased 30 days to 60 days

“Foreigners with visas, two or more years, are to register their NIN before acquiring a telephone line but those of less than two years visas are not required to get a NIN.

“A subscriber is a person that is of 18 years and above. Subscribers are only allowed to register four sim cards per a network provider

“For the reactivation of a deactivated line, the person will have to go through the process of new activation of a Sim card,” she said.

However, Airtel through its staff, Mr Adedoyin Oye called for an improved synergy between the commission, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and construction firms to protect MNOs fibres. Stressing that the company had over 300 fibre cuts a month as a result of construction.

Sundiata Post recalls that Smile, Airtel and MTN among others were represented and NIMC asked to make submission to the Commission within five days as the Commission is yet to receive input it.