The Federal Government may have put all structures in place ahead of the 5G technology launch.
This is as Communications and Digital Economy Minister, Isa Pantami, confirms its deployment in Nigeria has been fixed for January 2022.
The launch, the Minister assured will aid surveillance against vandalism of public assets.
Pantami, disclosed this on Thursday, September 23, in Maiduguri at a Town Hall
Pantami said the 5G network was recently approved by the Federal Executive Council for increased connectivity, boost surveillance against criminal elements vandalising public infrastructure across the country.
He said apart from that government is taking other measures to arrest the criminals and bring them to book.
The Minister said there were over 50,000 telecommunication sites across the country; which made it difficult to man manually except through deployment of modern technology as there have been about 16,000 reported outages by mobile network operators; MTN, Globacom, Airtel and also 9Mobile – from January 2021 to July 2021.
Pantami attributed the outages to fiber cuts, access denial and theft leading to service disruption in the affected areas, adding that protection of the critical infrastructural facility was key to the nation’s security, economic vitality, public health and safety.
He decried the situation where telecoms installations that were destroyed in the attacks by terrorists, had not been replaced as a result of the lingering insecurity and tensions in parts of the North East.
Pantami, recommended continuous stakeholders buying-in and synergy among security forces and urged the National Assembly to expedite passage of Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill for onward submission to the President for assent.