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NCC, NigComSat signs MoU on deployment of 5G

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and Nigerian Communications Satellite limited NigComSat have signed a memorandum of understanding on the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) Technology in the telecommunications industry. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the MoU between the two agencies under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy would lay the foundations for acquisition of Frequency Spectrum suitable for the deployment of the technology in the country.

Speaking at the occasion the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Umar Garba Danbatta, reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment for deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) Technology in the telecommunications industry.

Danbatta allayed fears and concerns on health and security implications over deployment of 5G, asserting Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.

According to him the resources and revenues to be earned from the deployment are so huge they cannot be ignored.

Danbatta said the NigComSat, it was discovered after investigation across the globe, had the appropriate technology to facilitate the deployment.

Danbatta said: “Amongst the Frequency Spectrum bands allocated to 5G by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU, the C-band (3.4GHz – 3.9GHz) stands out because its balancing point between coverage and capacity provides the perfect environment for 5G connectivity.

“The C-band is most suitable and appropriate for immediate deployment of 5G services taking into consideration availability of device ecosystem with 60-70% of global commercial 5G network deployment currently in the band, thus the importance of this Spectrum for early deployment of 5G services in Nigeria cannot be over emphasized.

“For optimal 5G service performance, an average of contiguous 100 MHz of spectrum in the C-band is required by an Operator. However in Nigeria, only 120 MHz of the band (3.4 – 3.52) GHz is available for mobile services while the remaining 680 MHz (3.52 – 4.2) GHz of the band is used by NigComSat (NG-1R) satellites.

“The Commission initiated negotiation with NIGCOMSAT whom in our estimate could make some adjustment to its satellite operation and release part of its Spectrum holding in the band to facilitate the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.

“The two agencies have been in discussions on how to relocate the operations of NG-1R to the standard C-band 300MHz (3.9GHz – 4.2GHz) potion of the band, which is more suitable in terms of Satellite service offering because end user terminal are cheaper there, while leaving the non-standard C-band 400MHz (3.5GHz – 3.9GHz) portion of the band for 5G use.

“The cost of relocating the NG-1R is expected to be offset from the proceeds of the auction of the 5G Spectrum.

Managing Director of NigComSat, Abimbola Alale, lauded the committees set by the two agencies for doing a thorough job in the larger interest of the country.

She said the MoU would change the narratives of digital and telecommunications industry in the country.

Chairman of the NCC board, Adeolu Akande the time has come for the country to key into adoption and deployment of 5G technology.

“In recent times, precisely from the last quarter of 2019, several administrations have begun to license Spectrum for commercial deployment of 5G.

” As we speak today, 5G services have already been deployed in United States of America, South Korea, United Kingdom, China, South Africa, Kenya and many more”, Akande said.

According to him, telecommunication evolution has led to improvement in user experience witnessed from 2G, 3G and later 4G.

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Danbatta: Kidnappers release Igbo businessman

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Kidnappers have released the Igbo business man abducted last Friday in Danbatta local government, Kano state.

Kano Focus exclusively reports that Mr Emanuel Eze regained freedom after paying an undisclosed ransom.

Mr Eze’s neighbor Salisu Abubakar Kore told Kano Focus that he was contacted by the kidnappers to drive the businessman home on Thursday night.

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“I was called around 1:30am and directed to pick him up in Ringim, Jigawa state.

“When I reached Kanya Babba I was rerouted to Gidan Lage, Garki local government, Jigawa state where I picked him around 2:30am.

“We arrived Kore in Danbatta local government, Kano state by 5:30am but he instructed me to proceed to Kazaure, jigawa state where he reunited with his brothers.” Mr Kore said.

The Kano Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa has confirmed Mr Eze’s release.

Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police said the command has received tips about the kidnaps whereabouts and is in the process of hunting them down.

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Federal govt to commence Kaduna-Kano rail line project in June

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The federal government said the extension of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line to Kano will begin by end of June.

KANO FOCUS reports that the minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this during the official commissioning of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Thursday in Lagos.

According to him, “we have about three or four projects. This month, we will start Kano-Kaduna and then we will also start Port Harcourt to Maiduguri which also is done by CCECC and then Kano-Maradi.”

“While we are celebrating that, we are not be happy that up until now, the China Exim bank is yet to approve the loan for Ibadan to Kano because we need to start that and complete it quickly because that is my fear.

“We are grateful that the Chinese government through the China Exim bank was able to give us the loan at a concessionary rate to construct from the seaport. We hope that we get money to be able to construct from Ibadan to Kano so that we can complete the track and make sure that business takes place.

“We got money from China Exim bank, we paid back. We did put pressure on CCECC and delivered on time. In terms of quality, what we have is of good.”

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Final year student dies in BUK hostel

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A level 400 student in the department of Political Science Bayero University Kano (BUK) died in the Ramat Hall female students’ hostel on Tuesday morning.

Kano Focus reports that Mercy Sunday died of fever and vomiting.

One of her roommates who plead anonymity said Ms Sunday died in the early morning hours after foaming at the mouth.

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BUK Dean of Student Affairs, Shamsuddeen Umar said she died of natural causes.

“She was sick and attended the University clinic where she was taken care of before being discharged to her hostel.”

Dr Umar added that the illness returned on Monday night and she died before daybreak on Tuesday.

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