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5G adoption will increase SMEs, industrial efficiency in Nigeria – MTN

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The adoption of 5G technology has been projected to increase efficiencies of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and large-scale industries across various verticals in Nigeria.

Mrs Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka, General Manager, Fixed Broadband, MTN Nigeria communications, said this at the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) Thought Leadership Programme on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to Ikenna-Emeka, the journey from 1G to 5G showcases humanity’s relentless pursuit of technological advancement and underscores the profound impact it has had on shaping modern society.

She stated that beyond smartphones, 5G had the potential to revolutionise many industries as it enabled advancements in fields like autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, smart cities, virtual reality, and more.

She noted that the criticality of SMEs in driving the economy of any nation puts it in a position to benefit from any technological advancement there was to harness its potentials and increase its contributions to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“As a result, MTN prides itself in co-developing solutions such as 5G adoption to help this class of businesses achieve the needed efficiencies and effectiveness to drive their success.

“5G is very relevant to industrialisation as it digitises processes via internet of things as devices interact with each other in real time therefore playing a large role to galvanise the economy and create more opportunities.

“In today’s world, information is key, decision making needs to be effective, prompt as it can be and this can be achieved via data which 5G gives room to analyse, consume and interpret across various sectors of the economy.

“5G is a real enabler as it enables the digital ecosystem and with its various levels of industrial automation, businesses need to start to utilise these data driven solutions that engenders opportunity for competitiveness,” she said.

Ikenna-Emeka also said that the evolution of 5G would not replace job opportunities but rather create many new opportunities that required technological up-skilling.

According to her, what is important is that you have the skill necessary to be successful in a technologically dynamic environment.

“Organisations are ensuring that the skills that are adopted are relevant in a digitally advanced world.

“So, it won’t displace jobs but will create opportunities and what I will say is that humans should just continue to up-skill, re-skill and learn new things,” she said.

She also charged organisations to invest in infrastructure that guaranteed cyber security, become acute and alert to it.

According to her, 5G does not have a role on its own to play in providing for those risks.

Ikenna-Emeka reiterated MTN’s commitment to continue to expand on 5G technology coverage across the country and partner with government and other stakeholders in the technology space to drive its penetration.

She, however, stressed that challenges with vandalism of technological infrastructure must be addressed to encourage more investments in the space.

She noted that South Africa had different use cases of 5G within the mining ecosystem to ensure efficiency and digitalisation to drive their processes.

“In the case of Nigeria, we have to ensure that the environment is such that provides for the expression of these use cases that 5G technology can provide.

“The enterprise use cases require a bit more structuring by aggregating data, digitalising processes among others.

“Close to us in Nigeria is the availability of private networks to find expression in oil and gas environment, create smart cities, smart taxation, smart ticketing, smart primary health care facilities and others.

“Our job is to continue to work with government, businesses to provide the use cases that can drive the country forward,” she said

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