Harold Olamilokun

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ICT Expert Olamilokun Says Surge in 5G Adoption Will Boost Connectivity in Telecoms in Nigeria

In the dynamic landscape of Nigeria’s telecommunications sector, the recent surge in 5G subscriptions marks a pivotal juncture, underscoring the transformative potential of advanced connectivity. As a seasoned practitioner in the industry, I find immense value in delving into the intricacies of the data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission portal, offering a pragmatic analysis of its implications.

A Quantum Leap in 5G Adoption:

Eleven months into the 5G era in Nigeria, the surge in subscriptions to 1.8 million is not merely a numerical milestone but a testament to the accelerated adoption of advanced connectivity. The month-on-month growth of 537.95%, despite a marginal decline in total mobile subscriptions, signifies a tangible shift in the preferences of Nigerian consumers.

MTN Nigeria’s Leadership Role:

MTN Nigeria’s operational 5G network stands out as a beacon of operational excellence. With coverage extending to 5.5% of the population, MTN has not only led the 5G rollouts but has also set the standard for transformative possibilities. The visionary words of Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria’s CEO, resonate as 5G begins to redefine connection, creation, collaboration, and competition in ways previously unimaginable.

Mafab’s Challenges and Industry Concerns:

While MTN charts a path of success, the industry raises valid concerns about Mafab Communications. Despite securing a 5G license simultaneously, Mafab’s delay in commercial rollout sparks questions about its readiness for the complexities of 5G operations. It underscores the practical challenges that accompany the advent of new technologies.

Airtel Africa’s Strategic Entry

Airtel Africa’s strategic entry into the 5G arena, though later than some counterparts, is noteworthy. The collaboration with Samsung to provide affordable 5G-enabled devices demonstrates a commitment to enhancing penetration and competing effectively in the evolving digital landscape.

Growth Trajectory and Future Projections:

The trajectory of 5G growth in Nigeria unfolds a strategic narrative. While immediate dominance is not expected, the projected trajectory indicates a promising future. As more Nigerians opt for 4G initially, the later part of the decade holds the promise of significant 5G uptake, aligning with the broader digitization of the economy.

African 5G Landscape and Global Dynamics:

The African 5G landscape, while still catching up globally, holds tremendous potential. With over one billion global 5G connections, the continent’s adoption rate is expected to rise from 1% to 8% by 2026, with a further leap to 22% by the end of the decade. The global perspective underscores the transformative power of 5G on a truly global scale.

Communication: The Lifeline of Transactions:

Communication stands as the bedrock of all transactions, with none existing without the ability to communicate effectively. The privatization of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry over two decades ago paved the way for a rapid economic upswing, catapulting the nation from the shadows of the past. From Sat Phones to GSM, this revolution positioned Nigeria competitively on the global stage, fostering access to information and facilitating seamless transactions.

The Dawn of a New Era:

Now, as we stand at the cusp of a new era, characterized by the democratization of telecommunications, parallels with the banking sector’s digital revolution become apparent. We find ourselves in the content era, where creators and influencers wield significant influence, transcending into captains of industry. Platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat have empowered individuals to monetize their craft, aligning with Nigeria’s trajectory towards a knowledge-based economy.

Digital Transformation and the Knowledge Economy:

The surge in e-learning platforms and digital schools across the country attests to a fast-emerging norm. The improved technology not only accelerates information dissemination but also elevates proficiency, positioning Nigeria on the trajectory to become the Human Resource capital of the world. This transformative journey aligns seamlessly with the shift towards a knowledge-based economy, propelling the nation into an era where information reaches more people in shorter timeframes, fostering a surge in proficiency that is set to redefine Nigeria’s global standing.

In essence, the surge in 5G subscriptions in Nigeria is more than a statistical triumph; it symbolizes a practical shift in how connectivity is harnessed and embraced by the populace. As we navigate this transformative journey, challenges and opportunities intertwine, shaping the future of Nigeria’s digital landscape.

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