The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have developed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the use of C-band spectrum for 5G services in Nigeria.
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Garba Dambatta at the MoU signing, detailing all aspects of the undertaking said the two agencies agreement will facilitate the release of contiguous bandwidth in one of the most suitable Frequency Spectrum band(s) for early deployment of Fifth Generation Network (5G) services in the largest market in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are gathered here today to sign the MOU for further execution. It is my believe that the impact of this decision knows no bounds and will not only strengthen the relationship between both agencies but would also go a long way in making positive impact on the Nigerian economy,” he said.
He explained that, “Amongst the Frequency Spectrum bands allocated to 5G by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU, the C-band (3.4GHz – 3.9GHz) stands out because its balancing point between coverage and capacity provides the perfect environment for 5G connectivity.
The C-band is most suitable and appropriate for immediate deployment of 5G services taking into consideration availability of device ecosystem with 60-70% of global commercial 5G network deployment currently in the band, thus the importance of this Spectrum for early deployment of 5G services in Nigeria cannot be over emphasized.”
He added that, for optimal 5G service performance, an average of contiguous 100 MHz of spectrum in the C-band is required by an Operator.
However in Nigeria, only 120 MHz of the band (3.4 – 3.52) GHz is available for mobile services while the remaining 680 MHz (3.52 – 4.2) GHz of the band is used by NigComSat (NG-1R) satellites.”
He appreciated the management of NigComSat under the leadership of Dr Abimbola Alale “for demonstrating that the interest of our dear country is paramount to our organizational or personal interest.
The Commission initiated negotiation with NIGCOMSAT whom in our estimate could make some adjustment to its satellite operation and release part of its Spectrum holding in the band to facilitate the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.