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FG To Deploy 5G Network By January 2022-Pantami

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that it will deploy the controversial fifth-generation (5G) cellular networks in the country by January 2022.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Pantami who revealed this while speaking in a town hall meeting in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Thursday, September 23, said the deployment became necessary as there are over 50,000 telecommunications sites across the country and about 16,000 outages recorded by mobile network operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9mobile) between January 2021 and July 2021.

Pantami who was represented by Ubale Maska, NCC commissioner for technical services, blamed the outages on fibre cuts, access denial, and theft, leading to service disruption in the affected areas.

The Minister who condemned situations where telecoms installations were destroyed in terrorist attacks which had not been replaced as a result of the intense security issues and tensions in north-east states, urged the national assembly to speed up the passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill for onward submission to Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

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