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5G Has No Negative Health Effects- NCC

The Nigerian Communication Commission has said the new Fifth Generation network (5G) has no negative health effects.

This was revealed by the Enugu Zonal Controller of the NCC, Mr Ogbonnaya Ugama, in Enugu on Saturday at a round table with members of the Association of Heads of Federal Establishments.

He said there was no convincing evidence associated with emissions from electromagnetic devices including handsets were harmful to the body.

Mr Ugana said international bodies including the World Health Organisation had established a threshold that there was no solid evidence that 5G caused negative health effects on humans and animals.

The controller, however, advised users not to hold these electromagnetic devices like handsets close to their body if they had doubts.

“The NCC will do everything possible to guarantee the safety of the citizenry and ensure that every equipment with set standards is approved.

“5G has theoretical peak speed of 20 Gigabytes per Second while the peak speed of 4G is only one GBPS.

“5G can transform the 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.

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Airtel Wins Sole Bid For 3.5GHz Spectrum Auction

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday said Airtel Networks Limited (Airtel) has emerged as the sole bidder of the 3.5GHz Spectrum.

This was revealed in a statement by the spokesperson of the commission Reuben Muoka Wednesday evening.

The statement said the NCC ‘hereby announces that by the close of business on Monday, December 5, 2022, only two companies expressed interest in the auction of the 3.5GHz Spectrum band namely: i. Airtel Networks Limited (Airtel) and ii. Standard Network & Connections Limited (Standard Network).

“However, only Airtel paid the Intention to Bid Deposit (IBD) as stipulated in the Information Memorandum (IM) whereas Standard Network sent an email appeal for the deadline to be extended by twelve (12) working days which was not acceptable in view of the auction timetable.

“Having met all the provisions in the IM, Airtel has, therefore, emerged as the sole Bidder.

“Consequently, there shall be no further bidding and the Commission will proceed to the Assignment Stage in line with the published Information Memorandum guiding the licensing process.”

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Elon Musk Says Apple Threatening To Remove Twitter From Playstore

Owner  and chief executive officer of Twitter, Elon Musk has accused Apple of threatening to remove the microblogging app from its Store.

Musk disclosed this via a tweet on Monday evening.

His allegation comes amid social media discussions on the possibility of Apple and Google kicking off Twitter from their app stores over content moderation issues.

“Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” the tweet reads.

Musk also replied “yes” to a user question on whether Apple was threatening Twitter’s presence in the App Store or making moderation demands.

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Chinese Tech Giant, Huawei, Joins Global Digital Coalition

Chinese tech giant Huawei has joined the Partner2Connect (P2C) digital coalition of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), company chairman, Liang Hua, said on Wednesday.

At the 2022 Sustainability Forum, Hua stated that Huawei is committed to connecting 120 million people in distant locations to the digital world by 2025.

The seminar looked at how advancements in information and communications technology might unlock economic and social value in the digital economy.

The event explored how innovation in information and communications technology could unleash business and social value in the era of the digital economy.

“It is clear connectivity alone is not enough. It must be affordable.

“The content must be relevant and in the local language, and users must have the skills to make best use of it,” said ITU Deputy Secretary-General, Malcolm Johnson, who expressed appreciation for Huawei’s support of the P2C digital coalition.

Cao Ming, president of Huawei Wireless Solution, stated that the company has been constantly upgrading the RuralStar and RuralLink products in order to provide quality coverage to remote locations.

More than 60 million individuals in distant locations in over 70 countries have been connected by RuralStar series systems.

However, Huawei said it would also work with government departments and universities in Cambodia, the first P2C partner country of the ITU, to provide 10,000 training opportunities for professionals in the next five years.

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