The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that the deployment of Standalone (SA) 5G in Nigeria will commence in late 2021.
This was disclosed in a consultation document published by the NCC on Thursday.
The document focuses on plans for the deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria; with the NCC inviting feedback from industry stakeholders on the next generation technology. Furthermore, the document captures the NCC’s views regarding potential changes to the nation’s regulatory framework to address the unique challenges of 5G technology.
In addition, it sets out the spectrum that will be made available for 5G; as well as a schedule for the rollout of the platform.
Under the current plan, 5G spectrum auctions would take place in Q2 2021 and Q4 2021; with the airwaves assigned in Q1 2022 and commercialised by Q4 2022. In addition to the planned rollout of SA 5G in late 2021, the rollout of the Non-Standalone (NSA) variant would follow in early 2022.
On spectrum, the NCC identified the following ranges for the first phase of 5G deployment; alongside details of their current usage and plans for their release, recovery, refarming and/or replanning. These include 2100MHz band; 2300MHz-2400MHz; 2600MHz-2690MHz; 3300MHz-3400MHz; 3500MHz-3600MHz; 3600MHz-3700MHz; 4800MHz-4900MHz; 24.25GHz-27.5GHz; and 37.0GHz-43.5GHz.
Meanwhile, for the second phase of the rollout; the NCC noted that it would consider the release of some or all of the following bands; based on New Radio support, maturity and device availability: 1427MHz-1518MHz; 45.5GHz-47GHz; 47.2GHz-48.2GHz; and 66GHz-71GHz.