SUBSCRIBERS CONSUME 125,149.86TB OF DATA AS 4G COVERAGE HITS 37%

Written by on November 11, 2020

FOURTH-GENERATION (4G) MOBILE NETWORK COVERAGE IN NIGERIA CURRENTLY HOVERS AROUND 37 PER CENT, AMID DEMAND FOR IMPROVED TELEPHONY SERVICES.

 4G IS THE FOURTH GENERATION OF BROADBAND CELLULAR NETWORK TECHNOLOGY, SUCCEEDING 3G, AND PRECEDING 5G.

THE NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (NCC), IN THE DRAFT CONSULTATION DOCUMENT FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF 5G MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN NIGERIA, DISCLOSED THAT AS AT DECEMBER 2019, COVERAGE DATA SHOWED THAT MOST RURAL AREAS ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO 89.8 PER CENT 2G NETWORKS COVERAGE, WHILE 3G HAS COVERAGE OF OVER 74 PER CENT.

 NCC SAID THE DATA-CENTRIC 4G HAD ONLY ABOUT 37 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION OF THE COUNTRY COVERED AT THE SAME TIME, WITH LESS THAN 10 PER CENT CONNECTIONS LEADING TO MOBILE INTERNET PENETRATION OF ABOUT 32 PER CENT.

WHILE MAKING CASE FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGY, NCC SAID 5G CAN INCREASE BROADBAND DELIVERY WHILE LOWERING THE PRICE OF BROADBAND DUE TO THE LARGE BANDWIDTHS AVAILABLE TO THE STANDARD.               


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