Kwara State University on Demystifying 5G Mobile Technology – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
The proposed deployment of 5G mobile technology in Nigeria has recently sparked discussions among citizens about whether the technology is disadvantageous or not, according to UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB.
Many Nigerians, especially lay people, have expressed concern that the proposed deployment of the 5G technology network, among other concerns, could have adverse effects on their health. In fact, some even think it is a ploy of the Western world to reduce the population of the Third World. countries including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous black nation.
But despite all the myths and skepticism about the technology’s proposed deployment, experts have continued to list its benefits in an attempt to convince Nigerians to embrace it.
For example, the vice-chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem revealed during his recent convening press conference that the university has kept its academic records uninterrupted despite the challenges of COVID-19 by improving its Internet facilities for virtual learning in the aftermath of the pandemic as a measure to crowd out and promote physical distance.
The technology, he said, has helped the university maintain its uninterrupted academic calendar and also recorded a new feat as the only university “not to have lost any sessions due to COVID 19”.
While some may think the amount spent by the university on virtual learning was high, experts have argued that the financial implications of handling the COVID-19 virus outbreak among staff and students could be more. high and devastating.
This was part of the rationale by experts for the need for Nigerians to adopt 5G mobile technology at a public conference recently hosted by the Kwara State Universiry in Malete.
No need to be afraid
With the theme: “5G Mobile Technology: Myths, Realities, Potentials and Challenges” from the Secretary of the State Government, Professor Mamman Jibril represented Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq at the event.
But contrary to negative views on the advent of technology, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) vice president and general manager, Professor Umar Danbatta, said the technology would have no harmful effects on people’s health. .
Danbata, who allayed Nigerians’ fears at the public conference, also listed several benefits the technology would bring to Nigerians. He said, contrary to popular belief in some quarters, “Technology has nothing negative to do with our health.”
Rather, he said that the deployment of 5G mobile technology would give Nigerians the opportunity to benefit from telemedicine.
Listing the benefits of the proposed 5G technology, Dambata said the technology would result in accelerated gigabytes which, in turn, would enhance the internet’s tremendous benefits.
He said they were high-speed trains, lifelines and ultra-reliable telemedicine and natural disaster communications that would provide efficient services using mission-critical applications.
He said that while Nigeriens still express skepticism about the technology, some advanced countries around the world are already using electric cars and are considering rolling out 6G.
Danbatta also said that the technology, if adopted, would reduce the running costs of businesses, private and public institutions by 50%.
Represented by commission director Engr Yusuf Asaju, the NCC boss said the benefits of adopting the new technology far outweigh any myths circulating about it. “It has nothing to do with our health. It would reduce overhead costs by 50%,” Danbatta said.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Mohammed Akanbi, said that the conference was organized to provide a real platform to enlighten the public on the desirability of 5G technology.
He said that 5G technology, when deployed, would aid teaching and learning in schools and institutions, adding that “In the education sector, we cannot underestimate the importance that technology gives Nigerians.