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FG Urge to Adopt 5G Technology to Transform Economy, Promote Smart City and Efficiency in Medicine  

The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria- CPN) has urged the federal government to adopt the fifth generation [5G] technology in order to transform the country’s economy and birth smart city and transportation.

In a communiqué issued after its 2020 virtual IT assembly themed Adoption of 5G in Nigeria: the Technological and Regulatory Challenges held recently, the CPN recommended that the adoption of 5G technology “will help to transform the nation’s economy and give birth to smart city, smart transportation, efficiency in medicine as well as a lot of automation in respect of appliances and devices with respect to the Internet of Things (IoT)”.

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In its 10 point-recommendations, the CPN urged the federal government to ensure that the cost of 5G compatible devices is affordable to “Nigerian so that the citizens can benefit from the new technology”.

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Signed by its president, Prof. Charles Uwadia and Registrar, Allwell Achumba, the communiqué read that the deployment of 5G is capable of fast-tracking the economic growth and push the country into a digital economy.

“The deployment of 5G in Nigeria has “numerous advantages which include faster internet connection, smoother user experience and huge deployment of IT to drive growth and development of industries.

“CPN is now recommending the adoption of 5G network to Government at all levels because Nigeria will derive huge socio-economic benefits from the commercial deployment of 5G networks. The new networks will come with great potentials that will boost the entire spectrum of Nigeria’s socio-economic ecosystem.

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“The country will also benefit immensely from the adoption of the network in terms of faster speed, high latency and high capacity that will transform consumer and business experiences because the difference between all other existing generations of technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G lies in the speed and data capacity”.

The body added that the provision of a good and adequate supply of power will enable Nigerians to enjoy the benefits of 5G network and derive huge socio-economic benefits from its commercial deployment.

It, therefore, asked the federal government to intensify efforts in addressing the power challenges in the country and to declare IT and telecommunications as critical national infrastructure to facilitate the success of the national broadband strategy.

“Governments at all levels should also intensify efforts to embrace IT with its attendant potentials of facilitating governance and eradicating corruption in the country”, it stated.

The Council emphasized that the complete adoption of IT and migration of government operations from the manual mode to digital platform will make the country to conform to the benchmark of government operations in the 21st century

The annual CPN assembly is a yearly gathering of IT practitioners in Nigeria and the diaspora with the objective of discussing and strategizing on emergent issues in IT in order to reach decisions that will impact positively on the industry and the nation. Engr. Deus Osuji, General Manager, Network Services at MTN Nigeria delivered the keynote.