Despite denial of capability before the National Assembly, the Nigerian Communications Commission says it is set to begin the roll-out of fifth-generation (5G) services across the country.
Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta made the announcement on Friday at a public inquiry on the instruments necessary for the deployment of the technology. The instruments are the annual operating levy regulations and the frequency spectrum regulations.
Professor Danbatta explained that the commission has submitted the proposal to the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and is awaiting approval from the Federal Government to roll out the services.
He added that the commission is also discussing the fees and pricing for the technology.
The Commssion had two weeks ago told the House of Representatives that only about 50 per cent of polling units in the country had 3G network that could transmit elections results electronically.
The Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Mr Ubale Maska was invited to brief the lawmakers following the uproar that erupted in the House while members were considering clause 52 of the Electoral Amendment Bill.
Recall that the House was divided over the clause which made provisions for transmission of election results electronically. The legislature was sharply divided as some members were in support of electronic transmission of results while others insisted on manual transmission, arguing that not all polling units had network coverage.
Responding to questions from lawmakers, Maska told the House that in 2018, the Commission conducted an analysis of the 119,000 polling units in the country, and found that about 50.3 per cent of the polling units had 3G and 2G network coverage, while parts of the remaining 46.7 had only 2G and the rest did not have coverage at all.
He explained that only polling units with 3G network coverage could transmit election results electronically but explained that results could be uploaded in areas covered by 2G and later be moved to an area with 3G for the transmission to be completed.