MTN Trials 5G Network in Nigeria to Beat Other Telcos


MTN Nigeria, Today, demonstrated live demo of the fifth-generation broadband network- 5G at an event that was hosted somewhere in the City of Abuja

In line with its initial promise to gradually roll out the fastest broadband network yet- 5G across the major cities of Nigeria, MTN took its first bold step towards the execution of its plan, carrying out a Live demo for the ultra-fast network in Abuja. And while its intention is not to only create awareness for being the first network to carry out a 5G live-demo in Nigeria, the service provider is trying to share with Nigerians, a bit of what is to come.

Nigeria is certainly not the first African country to taste of the 5G experience– MTN has reportedly carried out a similar demo event in its home country, South Africa, which is then followed by Nigeria, its largest market in the region.

According to a reliable source, the trials in SA, saw the broadband network achieve a download speed of 20 Gigabyte per second (Gbps) within a latency duration of five minutes. However, a reliable source that was present at the event in Abuja reported that While download speed on the 5G network was about 1 Gbps, it can apparently go as high as 4.1 Gbps.

Couple with its achievement so far, it is also interesting to know that MTN has chosen to void the National Communication Commission (NCC)’s approval for the mass usage of the broadband networks which is yet to be granted at all, launching a demo 5G network ahead. Although, the regulatory body back in August this year, gave its approval for trial for 5G broadband network in Nigeria, an action that could have even steered MTN’s momentum on the 5G course in the first place.

MTN, however, has no doubt raised the bar even higher for telcos across the Africa region, and while other telcos still have the same plans in a blueprint, the South-Africa based network provider could possibly lead the 5G race across the African region.

Speaking on the expectations of users with respect to data experience during the mass rollout, Ferdi Moolman, MTN Nigeria’s CEO, explained that;

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 in order to improve subscriber experience, and has invested over N800 billion in infrastructure in Nigeria.”

Beyond Ferdis’s words, it is natural to think that the 5G broadband network will bring more benefits than the existing LTE network or earlier networks can ever offer. Of a fact, the faster the network, the more the benefits– which also implies that people tend to do more with various technologies that will be compatible with the next-gen network.

Meanwhile, Nigeria-based Internet Service Provider (ISP), Tizeti, recently announced the launch of its 4G LTE network, to join the several others which currently run on the same capacity in Nigeria.

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