MTN Nigeria today commenced the trail of its 5G network in Abuja. The launch was followed by a live demo as the company plans a roll out soon. It plans to make the 5G network available to all the major cities in Nigeria by 2020. The launching in Nigeria came a similar process in South Africa.
According to reports, the demo attained a speed of 20 Gigabytes per second with less than 5 minutes latency. Benefits of the 5G network include;
- Swifter internet connectivity,
- A capacity 1000 times higher than the 4G. With 5G
- The ability to connect more devices than the 4G Network, and
- A latency 10 times lower than the 4G.
Speaking during the launch, Ferdi Moolman, CEO of MTN Nigeria, said;
5G will make our life better, drive incremental capacity and open up new businesses. MTN as a company is constantly making efforts to break barriers by democratizing voice and data connectivity to improve subscriber experience, and has invested over N800 billion in infrastructure in Nigeria.
The MTN 5G race started back in 2018, when the company announced at its headquarters in South Africa, that they have begun the first 5G technology applications trial in Africa, in collaboration with the network equipment provider, Ericsson.
July last year, the company also announced that it will begin to commercially deploy 5G technology in Nigeria before 2020. This will enable the company to provide better data services at a more affordable cost to its subscribers. This was also shared via a tweet by Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen with the username, @NtlokoMandisa.
— Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen (@NtlokoMandisa) June 21, 2018
5G network will be faster and MTN wants to be at the forefront of it. It is also expected that with an adequate spectrum allocated to the 5G standard, the increased capacity would result in lower data cost to Nigerians.