The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, has disclosed that the Fifth Generation (5G) network will be deployed in Nigeria by January 2022.
Pantami made this known in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital during a town hall meeting to address the vandalism of power and communications facilities.
The minister, who was represented by Mr Ubale Maska, Commissioner for Technical Services, Nigeria Communication Commission, said while the technology would improve monitoring against criminal elements damaging public infrastructure across the Nigeria, other measures should be erected to arrest them and bring them to book.
He revealed that there were over 50,000 telecommunication sites across the country, which made it hard to man manually except through deployment of modern technology.
Furthermore, he disclosed that there were about 16,000 reported outages by mobile network operators – MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9Mobile – from January 2021 to July 2021.
The outages, according to him were due to fiber cuts, access denial and theft leading to service disruption in the affected areas
He observed that protection of the critical infrastructural facility was important to the nation’s security, economic vitality, public health and safety.
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno and his Deputy, Mr Usman Kadafur were among stakeholders at the meeting.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed led the other ministers who were panelists at the town hall meeting.