Fifth Generation Mobile Networks demonstration trials conducted in the country by MTN Nigeria in November 2019 were carried out with 4G spectrum.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, disclosed this in an interview monitored on Channels Television.
The minister, who was reacting to claims that 5G technology was responsible for the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, insisted that 5G had yet to be deployed in the country.
The trials carried out by MTN in Abuja, Lagos and Calabar showcased the capabilities of 5G and its potential to drive economic growth and social inclusion.
Shedding further light on MTN’s 5G trials, Pantami explained that the exercise was actually carried out with 4G spectrum, as 5G was not available in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Communications Commission and telecommunications operators have also condemned claims that the 5G is causing the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, PUNCH report that ”the senator representing Taraba Central Senatorial District, Yusuf Yusuf, has assured Nigerians that the National Assembly would probe the alleged introduction of the 5G technology into Nigeria without necessary approval.
Yusuf, who gave the assurance in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Monday, said the National Assembly would also investigate the relationship between the 5G technology and the spread of coronavirus across the globe.