FG to Accelerate Rollout of 5G Services with Approval of Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

The federal government has taken steps to accelerate the rollout of 5G services in the country with the approval of an enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products and the release of C-band spectrum.

This follows the presentation of 3 memos by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which took place on June 29, 2022.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Technical Assistant (Research and Development) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Femi Adeluyi.

The government-wide enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products is a software acquisition cost reduction strategy for the government and it will be implemented by the National Technology Development Agency. Information (NITDA), under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Benefits of agreements for Microsoft products

This agreement is part of the federal government’s efforts to keep the cost of IT projects at sustainable levels.

Going further, Adeluyi said in the statement: “The agreement will give the government access to reduced prices and other cost advantages, while reducing the duplication of projects between federal public institutions (FPIs).

“It will also ensure proper technical support for Microsoft products and services, thereby providing protection against cybersecurity threats, which will ensure the availability and reliability of government IT services.

“The Enterprise Licensing Agreement will provide projected savings of a minimum of 35% of governments’ current investment in Microsoft products and services.

”This will not only significantly reduce the cost of obtaining licenses for REITs, but will reduce and simplify licensing complexity, facilitate accounting and cash flow predictability, and monitor the use and impact of government investments. . ”

The statement said the FEC ordered all REITs to comply with the agreement when purchasing Microsoft licenses and services.

The council also approved the request of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to clear some of the C-band spectrum within the country’s telecommunications industry from any burden and migrate current users onto the affected spectrum, towards the successful deployment/deployment of 5G. technology in Nigeria.

He stated, ”Furthermore, with seven and a half years to go until the end of the life of the NigComSat-1R satellite, operated by Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), which currently operates C-band services over the spectrum range 3.4 – 3 .9 GHz, NCC and NIGCOMSAT have reached an agreement to move/migrate the operations of the NigComSat-1R C-band service to another frequency (standard C-band) and release its current frequency for immediate deployment of 5G in the country .

“The endorsed notes will accelerate the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), particularly the pillars on hard infrastructure (broadband) and service infrastructure (platforms).”

He also said that the ministry will continue to promote initiatives that will transform Nigeria into a country with a sustainable and thriving digital economy.

What you should know

Recall that a few days ago, the NCC and MTN Nigeria announced that the commercial deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria would start from August 24.

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