The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, said that the Federal Government has generated over 500 million dollars from the 5G Spectrum licence auction.
He stated this at a news conference on the implication of unauthorised use and sale of private mobile radio, on Friday in Kano.
Represented by the Director, Human Resources in the ministry, Dr Famous Eseduwo, Pantami said the 5G Spectrum could support Nigeria’s economy if well managed.
The minister said, “Spectrum licence is required to transmit radio waves within assigned spectrum so that the economic benefits can be harnessed.
“When the 5G network is deployed, the benefits are huge and create opportunities to engender accelerated growth and smart living in the country.
“The technology is also expected to bring substantial network improvements, including higher connection speed, mobility, capacity and low latency capabilities.
“5G network will play an integral part in speeding up the wireless communication, enabling virtual reality and connecting millions of devices we use today,” he said.
Pantami described 5G Spectrum as a critical national asset and warned against its misuse, saying “the control of Spectrum is vested with the federal government, in line with the constitution”.
He, therefore, advised Nigerians to obtain an appropriate licence from the Federal Ministry of Communications to guard against loss of revenues, warning that unauthorised users would be prosecuted.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was part of the nationwide sensitisation by the ministry to create awareness against unauthorised use of private mobile radio.