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  • Updated: February 21, 2024

NCC warns telcos to brace for risks amid advancements to 6G, 7G

NCC warns telcos to brace for risks amid advancements to 6G,

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has cautioned telecommunications operators in Nigeria to prepare for heightened risks as technology progresses beyond the current 5G to future generations, including 6G and 7G.

Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, emphasized the need to address new challenges accompanying technological advancements during a two-day Telecoms Industry Risk Management conference in Lagos themed “Evolution and Future Risk Management in the Telecoms Industry: Harnessing Emerging Technologies and Trends."

Represented by  Ubale Maska, the Commission’s Executive Commissioner for Technical Services, Dr. Maida highlighted the risks associated with the evolution from 5G to anticipated 7G, stressing the importance of managing cybersecurity threats and ethical issues in the face of technological breakthroughs.

He underscored the potential of 6G technology to revolutionize connectivity with faster speeds and reduced latency but cautioned that this progress would introduce new complexities that must be managed proactively.

Dr. Maida also urged telecom operators to consider the implications of emerging technologies like quantum computing, advanced artificial intelligence, and blockchain, acknowledging the transformative opportunities they offer alongside intricate challenges.

Furthermore, he reiterated the NCC’s commitment to fostering an environment conducive to innovation while ensuring the security and stability of telecom infrastructure.

“As we navigate the landscape of 5G networks, which feature a broader attack surface due to the increased number of connected devices and denser network infrastructure, it is crucial to also consider the future.

“The advent of 6G technology marks the next milestone in wireless communication. With its potential for faster speeds, reduced latency, and innovative applications, 6G could dramatically change our connectivity experience.

"Nonetheless, this advancement also requires us to tackle new risks, from cybersecurity threats to ethical challenges, to ensure a secure and equitable digital future.

“Furthermore, the possibility of 7G technology beckons. With each generational leap, we encounter not just technological breakthroughs but also new challenges.

“Preparing for and managing the risks associated with 7G will demand collaboration, innovation, and a forward-thinking approach to integrate this technology seamlessly into our global network.”

Kelechi Nwankwo, the Head of Corporate Strategy and Risk Management at the NCC, echoed the sentiment, praising the conference for its role in identifying evolving risks and seizing opportunities presented by emerging technologies.

The event highlighted the industry's collective responsibility to mitigate risks and capitalize on the potential of innovative technologies to drive growth and sustainability.

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