The Nigerian Communications Commission has denied reports circulating on social media platforms that network operators will switch on 5G in Lagos on Tuesday May 12, 2020.

The NCC, in a statement on Monday, said the information by some faceless individuals or groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites, was untrue.

The commission stressed that there was no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment but that in November 2019, it approved trial run for 5G for a period of three months and that the trial had been concluded and installation decommissioned.

The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said, “The trial among others was to study and observe any health or security challenges the 5G network might present. Relevant stakeholders including members of the security agencies were invited to participate during the trial.”

The NCC pledged to continue to maintain its policy of technology neutrality and encourage service providers to deploy the best technology that would meet the needs of the society in a secured and friendly manner.

The NCC said it had provided clarifications of frequently asked questions on 5G in view of the recent developments in which misleading materials with no proven evidence were being circulated to link the COVID-19 pandemic with 5G technology.

“The NCC has not issued any licence for 5G in Nigeria and therefore the mobile network operators cannot switch on such technology. The NCC is technology neutral as such we don’t license technology but assign spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by National Frequency Management Council,” Danbatta said.

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