6G Beacons: Prepare For Opportunities, Risks Associated With Evolution-NCC

By Miriam Humbe

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida has said that with the dawn of 6G technology, the next frontier in wireless communication, has the potential to revolutionize the way we experience connectivity.

Speaking during the Telecoms Industry Risk Management Conference in Lagos recently, the NCC boss said that this is with promises of even faster speeds, lower latency, and groundbreaking applications.

The workshop was themed: “Evolution and Future Risk Management in the Telecoms Industry: Harnessing Emerging Technologies and Trends.”

He revealed that with this advancement comes the responsibility to address new risks, from cybersecurity threats to ethical considerations, ensuring that we pave the way for a secure and inclusive digital future.

Maida said looking beyond, the prospect of 7G technology also looms on the horizon.

He said: “As we contemplate the possibilities, we must acknowledge that with each generational leap, we face not only technological advancements but also a fresh set of challenges.

“Anticipating and managing risks associated with 7G will require collaboration, innovation, and a proactive approach to ensure the seamless integration of this technology into our interconnected world.

“In addition to the evolution of connectivity, we must consider the implications of emerging technologies such as quantum technologies (computing, sensing, and communications), advanced artificial intelligence, and Block Chain (distributed ledger) technologies.

“These trends, when harnessed effectively, hold the potential to transform our industry positively.

“However, they also introduce complexities that demand careful consideration in our risk management strategies.”

He assured that the NCC would continue to provide the enabling environment for a secure and stable telecom infrastructure.

Maida said: “The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) remains committed to fostering an environment that encourages innovation while prioritising the security and stability of our telecom infrastructure.

In a welcome address, NCC’s Head, Corporate Planning, Strategy & Risk Management, Mr. Kelechi Nwankwo said the telecoms industry had gone through remarkable transformations, and it was our responsibility to stay informed, prepared, and proactive in managing the potential risks ahead.

Nwankwo said that the fast-disruptive world of the telecoms industry had witnessed convergence of diverse technological advancements with the potential of reshaping our future.

He said: “From 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to Cloud Computing and beyond, the possibilities are limitless.

“However, with great opportunities, comes great risks, and it is our collective responsibility to address these risks and possibly safeguarding the industry’s growth and sustainability.”

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