The Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) has called for quick deployment of 5G infrastructure in the country. The body, in a communique issued after a virtual Information Technology (IT) Assembly, said this became imperative as the technology is capable of fast-tracking the country’s economic growth and migrating it fully into a digital economy.
The call falls in line with the efforts of the country’s telecom regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which successfully facilitated the conduct of 5G trial in Nigeria late last year.
CPN noted that the deployment of 5G in Nigeria would come with numerous advantages which include faster internet connection, smoother user experience, and huge deployment of Information Technology 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 commercial deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) networks. The new networks will come with great potentials that will boost the entire spectrum of Nigeria's socio-economic ecosystem.
“Adoption of 5G network in Nigeria will bring about transformation in the country in the area of smart city, smart transportation, efficiency in medicine as well as a lot of automation in respect of our appliances and devices with respect to Internet of Things (IoT),” the computer professional body stated.
It added that the country would also benefit immensely from the adoption of the network in terms of faster speed, high latency and high capacity that would transform consumer and business experiences because the difference between all other existing generations of technologies such as 2G, 3G, and 4G lies in speed and data capacity.
“Provision of good and adequate supply of power will enable the citizenry to enjoy the benefits of 5G network and derive huge socio-economic benefits from commercial deployment of the fifth-generation (5G) networks. Therefore, there is a need for the Federal Government to intensify its efforts in addressing the power challenges in the country.
“The Federal Government is hereby enjoined to ensure that the cost of 5G compatible devices is affordable to Nigerian so that the citizens can benefit from the new technology. The Federal Government of Nigeria should declare Information Technology and Telecommunications as a critical national infrastructure to facilitate the success of the national broadband strategy,” CPN added
It challenged governments at various levels to also intensify their efforts to embrace Information Technology with its attendant potentials of facilitating governance and eradicating corruption in the country.
“The complete adoption of Information Technology, as well as migration of Government operations from manual to digital, will make the country to conform with the benchmark of Government operations in the 21st century,” CPN stated.