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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat), on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the release of contiguous bandwidth in one of the most suitable frequency spectrum bands for early deployment of fifth-generation (5G) Network services in Nigeria. This is according to a press release on the NCC’s website. 

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Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, commenting on the initiative says that ”The Commission initiated negotiations with NigComSat to make some adjustments to its satellite operation and release part of its spectrum holding in the band to facilitate the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He further noted that “Among the Frequency Spectrum bands used for 5G, the C-band (3.4GHz – 3.9GHz) stands out because its balancing point between coverage and capacity provides the perfect environment for 5G connectivity. The C-band is most suitable and appropriate for immediate deployment of 5G services taking into consideration availability of device ecosystem with 60-70 percent of global commercial 5G network deployment currently in the band, thus the importance of this Spectrum for early deployment of 5G services in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized.”

The Managing Director of NigComSat, Abimbola Alale, on her part, stated that ”The Nigerian Communications Satellite is happy about the collaboration, which will ensure a win-win relationship between both agencies of government as well as benefit the government in its drive to facilitate the development of Nigeria’s digital ecosystem.”

The commission in its parting statement through the Chairman of the board of commissioners, Prof. Adeolu Akande, noted that the MoU will go a long way in making a positive impact on the Nigerian economy and will also offer a new chapter of cooperation, collaborations, and mutual assistance between agencies that will further spur the growth of the telecommunications ecosystem in the country.

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