Pantami advises Nigerians on the use of 5G technology –
Communications and Digital Economy Minister Professor Isa Pantami urged Nigerians not to use the proposed fifth generation (5G) technology against the unity of the nation.
Pantami made the call during the 10th virtual edition of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF 2021) on Friday.
It was organized by the multi-stakeholder advisory group of the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum, led by the Nigeria Communications Commission, in Abuja.
The theme of the forum was “Internet that works for all”, with sub-themes in areas such as accessibility, infrastructure, policy and regulation, and capacity building and development.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the annual forum provides an opportunity for stakeholders to participate and contribute to the development and governance of the internet in Nigeria.
The minister said that 5G would go a long way in making a positive impact in the fields of education, health, security management, governance and other productive enterprises, rather than for the disunity of the country. .
Pantami, however, noted that in rural communities around the world, only 10 percent of the population has access to fixed broadband infrastructure.
He added that there was a lot to be done in terms of broadband penetration, especially in rural areas.
According to the minister, the spectrum is available for the 5G deployment and will be handed over by the board to the NCC who in turn will administer it in Nigeria, while ensuring that it reaches all operators.
Pantami said, “Then we can have 5G in our country.
“This will increase broadband penetration as well as speed, because 5G is at least 20 times faster than 4G when available.
“We must ensure that the deployed 5G is not used against the nation and its unity.
“Let’s use it for the good of our country and for the good of all.
“We are making sure that broadband infrastructure is accessible and affordable in rural communities.
“It is for this reason that most of our policies are designed to address the challenges that make the Internet expensive.”
The Minister explained that the use of the Internet was no longer a luxury as it was a prerequisite for the economic development of the country.
Pantami said the forum was a strategic avenue where the private and public sectors were intertwined to ensure the goal was achieved for all.
He added that most social media activity would have stopped without the use of the internet.
He said: “The Internet is no longer a luxury; it has become a prerequisite for economic development.
“It is a prerequisite for securing a nation; it also becomes a prerequisite for governance activities.
“It’s a forum that brings together the public sector on the one hand and the private sector on the other.
“It is for this reason that the Internet is beyond a luxury or socialization, but rather an important ingredient for economic development.
“Today, without the Internet, most of our social activities will be closed.
“Our educational institutions need the Internet to take advantage, and we also need the Internet to secure our country, to provide health care and other services.”
Pantami said it has become very important to discuss the Internet that works for everyone.
He said: “Some of us in urban areas can access the internet and afford to buy it, but some of our citizens in rural areas do not have such access.
“Some have access to it but cannot afford to buy it. “
In his remarks, NCC Executive Vice President Professor Umar Danbatta said the Internet remains one of the most important resources in the world.
Danbatta added that the internet has been a vital part of people’s daily activities since the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “The Internet is governed using a collaborative model of a multi-stakeholder approach. Thus, all those who have an interest in the use and the future of the Internet must participate in its governance.
“Internet governance involves much more than the administration and distribution of Internet resources.
“It also involves fundamental questions of social, cultural and economic participation in a digital society. “
Danbatta said the results of NIGF 2021 are expected to build consensus among stakeholders on concrete recommendations for state and non-state actors in the internet ecosystem.
“It will focus on engaging the multi-stakeholder nature of the Forum to harness and aggregate productive ideas for brainstorming on national digital economy policies by the Nigerian government,” he added.