MTN Nigeria unveiled its 5G technology with a trial session in the capital city of Abuja. At the event, MTN Nigeria showcased the first live demo of the 5G network in the country.
For the event, MTN Nigeria collaborated with its partners such as Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Ministry of Communications Technology and Digital Economy. MTN Nigeria demonstrated the application of the technology in virtual reality, gaming, 3D holographic communication and video conferencing at a test lab in Abuja.
The 5G trial will help MTN Nigeria achieve the Nigerian Communications Commission’s target to deploy 5G technology in Nigeria by 2020.
MTN Nigeria will carry out the trial for three months on the spectrum recently allocated by the Nigerian Communications Commission. Apart from Abuja, MTN Nigeria will also carry out trails in Calabar and Lagos.
With regard to the launch of the 5G trial period, Ferdi Moolman, CEO of MTN Nigeria told the media, “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 democratising voice and data connectivity in order to improve subscriber experience, and has invested over N800 billion in infrastructure in Nigeria.”
MTN also carried out a similar trial in South Africa where the telco was able to achieve a speed of 20 gigabytes per second with less than 5 minutes latency.
Recently, MTN South Africa selected Ericsson as its 5G network modernisation vendor. Ericsson will supply MTN with 5G products and solutions from its Radio Access Network (RAN), transport and cloud core network solutions.