NCC, carriers dismiss 5G rollout

The Nigerian Communications Commission  (NCC) and cariers in the country have dismissed fears over the rollout of 5G in Lagos today (Monday).

An audio message was released at the weekend linking the mysterious deaths in Kano to the deployment of 5G in the state. The message, which was recorded in Yoruba, one of the three major languages spoken in the country, sternly warned Lagos residents not to step out of their doors today to avoid a repeat of the Kano mysterious deaths.

The audio message warned of the great fatalities that will follow should the residents ignore the warning. But reacting to the message, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and carriers dismissed the warning, saying it was a baseless hoax.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Garba Umar Dambatta, insisted that there's no 5G in the country. Prof Dambatta said: "5G technology has not been deployed in any part of the country and (as) such, 5G services are not available in this country. The audio message should be ignored because it is fake!"

Also, telecoms companies, acting under the aegis of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), described the audio message as hoax. Its President, Olusola Teniola said:"This is a hoax and a very irresponsible message from a person that has no knowledge of the sort of negative impact that this causes.

The 5G technology has not been deployed anywhere in Nigeria and therefore the message is unfounded. It is important that NCC and government sends out periodic messaging to the citizens in Nigeria about the current status of 5G and factual information to avoid these kinds of messages being peddled in social media."

The Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, agreed no less with him Prof Dambatta and Teniola.

Adebayo said there's no 5G base transceiver stations (BTS) in the country through signal could be transmitted.

He said: "There is no active 5G site in Nigeria. There is no such plan as there are no such 5G sites. It is a rumour that should be ignored in totality. "The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ibrahim Pantami and had said there's no 5G in the country.

The Minister who is the chairman, National Spectrum Management Council (NFMC) had said the body hadn't sat to award spectrum to any carrier to do 5G services in the country.

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