5G Network: NCC To Conduct Trial In Nigeria Thursday

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it is set for the second trial of 5G in Nigeria.

According to the commission, the supervised trial that would be conducted by Airtel Networks Limited and its Original Equipment Manufacturer on Thursday is intended to validate the national policy on 5G for the digital economy. MTN Nigeria Communications held the first 5G trial in Nigeria in 2019.

The NCC earlier disclosed that six locations across the country were selected for the trial in its ‘Draft Consultation Document for Deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technology in Nigeria. The locations include; Abuja, Calabar, Lagos, Kano, Abeokuta, and Ibadan.

The Commission noted that the key parameters it was looking out for included: Throughput, latency and jitter measurements; Co-channel interference impact on QoS; Handover performance between access points (as applicable); Type/models of 5G terminals used for the test; Types of services (voice, data, video, etc.) and; Health and safety (EMF radiation level).

During the 2019 trials, the NCC said a 2GB movie was downloaded within 17 sec on 5G (using 26GHz) and 5mins on 4G network (using 3.5GHz) with a maximum download throughput of 1.7Gbps and 70Mbps respectively in Abuja.

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