[Must Read] The shocking reason why 5G network may not instant hit in Nigeria


The latest mobile technology 5G network is competent of delivering over 400-speed more than the 4G-LTE network, according to technologies experts. But, Nigerians may not enjoy the potentials of this new technology to the fullest as peculiar environmental challenges are likely to hinder them from the experience.

The stakeholders at MTN 5G demo in Lagos has expressed worries over spectrum availability, protection of telecommunications infrastructure as we as lack of fibre link between base station. The senior manager, Radio Frequency Planning, MTN Nigeria, Nasir Hayatou, has disclosed that the fibre to site is a major challenge.

We told the government that one of the major challenges is protection of our infrastructure, we have witnessed a situation where people come with truck and take our generators. We have communities today where we are not able to build towers because after setting up the sites the same community will go back and vandalize our equipment. The government needs to help us though the minister has given us the assurance that very soon telecom equipment will be included as critical national infrastructure.

One of the reasons we brought stakeholders to witness this trial is that we want people to see the advantages one gets when you simulate this technology within a very small environment, you can see the speed over 300 times more than 4G speed, you can imagine what the experience is like.

We can have this experience in Nigeria if we are able to have access to the right infrastructure which is fibre; a typical example is that, we are not able to roll out fibre in so many states in the federal because of ‘Right of way’ issues. “You want to pass our water ways, they will say you can’t come near water, Railway will say you can’t come near the railway. We need to look at broadband expansion as a deep strategy everybody needs to be involved not different government agencies interjecting on the plan.

So, with the right infrastructure, right level of security we will be able to enjoy this service as you enjoy it in any part of the world. People go to America and come back to say why are we not enjoying this service as we enjoy it in American? Remember your Samsung television works here in Lagos the same way it works in America, the same way with telecom infrastructure, it is the same base station we have here, the only difference is the linkages you have between them, there they have fibre already built even to your home, here we don’t have such infrastructure, we need to have Right of way, he added..

President/CEO, InfraFocus Technologies, Oladipo Raji, also said that, deploying 5G is different, it is not like upgrading from 3G to 4G. Any operator that want to install 5G service such will have to invest in infrastructure, change substantial equipment at base stations. 5G network is power to the edge and to that extent it is expensive to deploy the service. Corroborating Raji on deploying of 5G being a different ball game, Engr. Olusola Teniola, The president of ’Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), further added that deploying 5G network is totally different experience entirely.

It based on the network slicing configured alongside the use cases that the network aims to enable. For instance the provisioning of a robotic application or service will be different from augmented reality even though both services will be executing multiple use cases at anyone instance.

The 5G network will also bring NFV/SDN to the fore as end users will now have the ability to tweak a number of parameters at the end that will demand different ’QoS, CoS, Customer Experience and data usage’ from the network in the real time. 5G network will also be the stepping stone to 6G network in the nearest future, he said.

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