out EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Police (NPF) are wary of cybercriminals pouncing on the country’s migration to fifth-generation broadband (5G) mobile network technology.
The force’s National Cybercrime Center (NCCC) warned the public about phishing and other online attacks.
This is done through a WhatsApp message currently circulating, which is said to be from the NCCC notifying the general public of the start and warning of possible violations of the migration protocols to the 5G network services.
NCCC director Uche Ifeanyi Henry dismissed the news.
“It is likely the work of cybercriminals who create the causes to rob innocent and unsuspecting members of the public of their money or steal their identities.”
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore the message being sent and not to share it as it is deceptive and misleading,” added Henry.
Nigeria is in line with global trends with the deployment of 5G.
The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) recently announced Airtel as the sole bidder for the remaining 3.5GHz spectrum license required to provide these services in the country.
Last year, the commission awarded 5G licenses to MTN and Mafab Communications.
While MTN had long installed the country’s first 5G network, Mafab is expected to roll out its network in January 2023.
According to the latest mobility report released by Ericsson, Nigeria and South Africa are expected to boost 5G connection growth in sub-Saharan Africa to 150 million by 2028.
“In terms of its economic impact, the deployment of 5G will continue to spur economic growth by improving the growth opportunities for fintech, e-commerce and payments businesses,” stated FBN Quest.
– CAJ News