The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has assured the nation’s public that the new Fifth Generation network, popularly known as 5G, has no adverse health effects.
The Zonal controller of NCC in the Enugu region, Ogbonnaya Ugama, clarified on Saturday. Ugama was attending a round table with members of the Association of Heads of Federal Establishments (AHFEs).
He clarified that there was no convincing evidence associated with emissions from electromagnetic devices. These emissions are not harmful to the body.
According to him, international bodies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), have established that there is no solid evidence that 5G causes adverse health effects on humans and animals.
Meanwhile, the controller has advised the 5G users not to use the devices too close to their bodies in case the users of the service have any doubts regarding the matter.
Further, he assured that “NCC will do everything possible to guarantee the safety of the citizenry and ensure that every equipment with set standards is approved.”
Ugama repeated the benefits of the 5G network, saying that the software was designed to increase speed, reduce latency and improve the flexibility of wireless services.
“5G has a theoretical peak speed of 20 Gigabytes per Second (GBPS) while the peak speed of 4G is only one GBPS.
“5G can transform the economy of Nigeria, dwelling on its projected impact in sectors of education, finance, security, agriculture, healthcare, entertainment and even governance,” he said.
The controller of the Nigerian Communication Commission disclosed that Nigeria was the third country in Africa that had rolled out the 5G network.
Further, he added that it was operational in six states of Lagos, Imo, Borno, Kano, Rivers, Oyo and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Ugama said the government and authorities of Nigeria would extend the network to other states by 2025.