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The 5G network will be operational by January 2022, according to Isa Pantami.



During a town hall meeting in Maiduguri, Borno state, on Thursday, September 23, the Minister was represented by Ubale Maska, NCC commissioner for technical services.


He explained that the deployment was important since the country has over 50,000 telecommunications sites and mobile network operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, and 9mobile) recorded over 16,000 outages between January 2021 and July 2022.


According to Pantami, the disruptions are due to fiber cutting, access restrictions, and theft, which have resulted in service outages in the affected areas.

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The Minister, who criticized situations where telecoms installations were damaged in terrorist attacks and not replaced as a result of the north-east states’ difficult security issues and tensions, urged the national assembly to pass the Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill as soon as possible so that it could be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for his approval.

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