In spite of the controversy over the 5G bandwidth and the request for a moratorium till its safety is ascertained, the Federal Government of Nigeria has ignored the call and has given license to telecommunication service providers for the launch of the network. MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has blazed the trail in the launch; the mobile communication network provider on Wednesday announced the roll out of its 5G routers. The service provider posted the information on its official social media pages saying: “The wonder of 5G is coming! Be among the first Nigerians to experience this incredible technology. Visit www.mtn.ng/5g-router to pre-order our 5G router now.”
The mobile network service provider won the license for the rollout in 2021 December alongside Mafab Communications. An achievement that bestowed the responsibility of rolling out by August 24, 2022 upon every winner. Reports reaching this media house affirmed that MTN Nigeria met this target; launching the roll out from Lagos to Abuja, and already set in motion, the launch in three other major cities in the nation. The TelCo boss, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Karl Toriola, said MTN possesses all the required equipment for the launch.
While MTN is championing the cause, Mafab still have five more months to launch. The organisation made the request because it is yet to receive the operating license for the roll out of the 5G network. Hence, the request for a five month extension. This was confirmed by the NCC Public Affairs Director, Mr. Reuben Muoka.
The MTN management so far has not spoken up on the way it has addressed the issues of concern that have been raised by medical professionals as far as the health risks associated with the network is concerned. Rather it has encouraged the citizens to be the first to partake of the power of the 5G network.