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NCC Propels Nigeria Towards 6G, 7G As Telecom Industry Embraces Future Technologies

ByHybrid News

Mar 11, 2024

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is leading the charge for future technological advancements, as it advocates preparedness for the potential introduction of 6th and 7th generation networks, following the recent deployment of the 5G network in Nigeria.

In a groundbreaking conference in Lagos themed “Evolution and Future Risk Management in the Telecoms Industry: Harnessing Emerging Technologies and Trends,” NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Aminu Maida, underscored the importance of innovation in shaping communication, connectivity, and business operations.

Dr. Maida emphasized effective risk management as a crucial tool in addressing challenges posed by technological advancements. He acknowledged the benefits and challenges of the 5G network and urged stakeholders to prepare for the future by considering the advent of 6G technology.

Discussing the evolving landscape of 5G networks, Dr. Maida stated, “We are witnessing the dawn of 6G technology, the next frontier in wireless communication, with promises of even faster speeds, lower latency, and groundbreaking applications.” He highlighted the need for addressing new risks, from cybersecurity threats to ethical considerations, to ensure a secure and inclusive digital future.

The NCC head reiterated the commitment to fostering innovation and prioritizing the security of Nigeria’s telecom infrastructure. He advocated for industry capacity building to create a culture of risk awareness and management, emphasizing the use of emerging technologies such as AI for real-time risk detection.

The conference saw the participation of Mr. Kelechi Nwankwo, Head of Corporate Planning, Strategy and Risk Management at the NCC. Nwankwo emphasized the importance of reviewing operating standards and introducing new standards aligned with international best practices to ensure resilience in the communications industry.

Highlighting global risks, Nwankwo referenced the World Economic Forum survey, where AI-generated misinformation and cyberattacks ranked among the top five risks. He stressed the need for collective efforts to navigate the evolving landscape, mitigate technological risks, and leverage innovations to address environmental, societal, economic, and geopolitical challenges.

Dr. Maida concluded by acknowledging the looming prospect of 7G technology and the need for collaboration, innovation, and a proactive approach to manage the potential risks associated with future technological advancements. He emphasized the positive transformation potential of emerging technologies like quantum technologies, advanced artificial intelligence, and blockchain, while calling for careful consideration in risk management strategies.

The conference aimed to challenge perspectives and foster a forward-thinking mindset, ensuring the telecoms industry adapts and thrives at the forefront of technological innovation.

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