The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has reassured the public that the new Fifth Generation network known as 5G has no negative health effects.
Ugama explained that there was no convincing evidence associated with emissions from electromagnetic devices including handsets were harmful to the body.
According to him, international bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) had established a threshold that there is no solid evidence that 5G causes adverse health effects on humans and animals.
The controller, however, advised users not to hold these electromagnetic devices like handsets close to their bodies if they had doubts.
“NCC will do everything possible to guarantee the safety of the citizenry and ensure that every piece of equipment with set standards is approved.”
Ugama reiterated the benefits of the 5G network saying that it was designed to increase speed, reduce latency and improve the flexibility of wireless services.
“5G has a theoretical peak speed of 20 Gigabytes per Second (GBPS) while the peak speed of 4G is only one GBPS.
“5G can transform Nigeria’s economy, dwelling on its projected impact in sectors of education, finance, security, agriculture, healthcare, entertainment, and even governance,” he said.
The controller disclosed that Nigeria was the third country in Africa that had rolled out the 5G network adding that it was operational in six states of Lagos, Imo, Borno, Kano, Rivers, Oyo, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Ugama said the network would be extended to other states by 2025.