President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed the trial of 5G technology at the MTN first live demo of 5G network (5th generation network technology) on Monday in Abuja.
He was represented at the occasion by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technology, Dr Isa Pantami.
Buhari expressed delight to be part of the historical moment, stressing that migration from 4G to 5G would be a revolution in the industry.
The President also directed Pantami to address the challenges facing the telecoms sector systematically, adding that an executive order was in the pipeline to consider Telecommunications Infrastructure as critical national assets.
“We are working day in day out to make sure that the environment is conducive for people to do their businesses.
“This administration is passionate about developing Nigeria’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sector which contributes more than Oil and Gas to GDP,” Buhari said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), had told the global community that African continent held the ace, adding that 5G was the next frontier of investment.
Danbatta expressed optimism that 5G would provide a very veritable and convincing investment for investors.
Speaking at the event, former Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Ernest Ndukwe, who is also a board member of MTN Nigeria, expressed delight that Nigeria was one of the countries championing 5G trial on the African continent.