Nigeria can gain the prime status of being a smart country with an additional 30,000 telecommunication base stations, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said.
If the target is realised, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said on Thursday in Lagos that it would league Nigeria with countries working toward making Internet of Things (IoT) a reality.
Danbatta said that IoT could be realised by leveraging on fourth generation (4G) and 5G networks.
He said that the country currently has less than 50,000 base stations.
“3G, 4G going to 5G networks are going to usher this country into smart applications, the Internet of Things or the smart world and cities we are talking about.
“And of course because of the additional burden on infrastructure, the present capacity of telecommunications infrastructure is grossly inadequate to cater for these additional platforms or services we talk about.
“Therefore, we will need from 70,000 to 80,000 base transceiver masts to be able to provide the effective capacity that is needed to deploy 4G going to 5G,” he said.
Danbatta called on approving agencies at all levels of government in the country to synergise with NCC with a view to achieving the 80,000 target.
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