NCC highlights benefits of 5G network, urges Nigerians to embrace it

5G- an upgrade to the 4G network
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Tochi Juliet

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has underlined the benefits of the controversial Fifth Generation mobile network, 5G, to the lives, business, economy and general wellbeing of Nigerians as it urges Nigerians to embrace it.

The Commission said that the country could not run away from the 5G while the rest of the world is leaving it behind.

The NCC, on Thursday in a statement made available to Daily Post, said it was working with various stakeholders currently towards developing a policy document that will provide guidance and policy direction for 5G deployment in the country, adding that, “We have moved from 0% to 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G. The next frontier is 5G.”

Listing the benefits of 5G Network, the Commission explained that the 5G is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, which enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together, including machines, objects, and devices.

It explained further: “5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and more uniform user experience to more users.

5G has the potential to provide 20X faster data speeds and carries a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. So users in high-density areas – like airports, stadiums or urban areas – can still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service.

As the world replaces more and more household items with ‘smart devices’ that connect to the internet, also known as the Internet of Things, this network capacity will be critical. 5G will potentially be able to handle more than 2.5 million connected devices per square mile. 5G is a transformational change from 4G.

5G will enhance technological development because of the fast transfer rate of large quantities of data. Overall, it enables interconnected devices for instant communication. This is a new connected world of 'Smart cities' made possible by 5G networks.

5G is extremely fast: it supports data transfer rates of up to 20Gbit/s if supported by robust fibre infrastructure. On top of that, wireless data delays drop to one millisecond. This opens up the potential for multiple driverless cars, where large quantities of potentially lifesaving data have to be transferred almost instantaneously.

5G network is designed to carry data up to 10 times faster than 4G networks. This means HD movies can be downloaded in seconds.

5G tops out at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). 5G is 10 to x100 faster than 4G. The use of shorter frequencies (millimetre waves between 30GHz and 300GHz) for 5G networks is the reason why 5G is so fast.

5G has been deployed commercially and in use in some countries. As with the previous technologies, the International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has classified radiation from 5G as non-ionizing and, therefore, safe for human beings.

5G represents the future. While we have made tremendous progress since the advent of the global system of mobile communication (GSM) in Nigeria, 5G will be the bedrock of future communications.

Driverless cars and drones will be able to safely and near-instantaneously send and receive information about their surroundings that will allow them to operate safely.

With 5G, we would have connected cities. In the area of transport and infrastructure, we would have Smart cars, car to car communications, smart parking, traffic decongestion and smart grids amongst others."

These, among others, are the benefits of 5G networks listed by the commission.

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