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Jan 9, 2018


MTN Set to Deploy Its First 5G Network, See Speed

MTN set to deploy its fifth generation technology -5G-, and has already test-run the first 5G technology in Africa at Johannesburg which is MTN's head office.

The test carried out showed an amazing data speed of above 20Gbps with less than 5ms latency in the 5G trial, which is “the highest achieved on a mobile network in Africa”.

The speed is 100 times faster than 4G technology. Though the 5G technology is still in trial mode. It was conducted in partnership with Ericsson, and is part of the companies’ planned 5G demonstration.

MTN has received a temporary licence for 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band to conduct its 5G trials.

MTN CTIO, Giovanni Chiarelli, said 5G offers a new world of potential for Africa.
“With 5G, remote healthcare through connected robots could offer world-class surgery in the most remote parts of the continent and the world. Self-driving cars could change the face of road safety, along with smart agriculture, smart mining, and smart cities,” he said.

There is no doubt that 5G will offer the consumer higher speed but to achieve this, we need the capacity that comes with additional spectrum.


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  1. Impressive ....nigeria still much needs their total attention on 4G n 3G to many locations at lack.

  2. Wow, that was quick. I never thought mtn would be among the early testers in the word. Well exciting times awaits us

  3. Good development by MTN

  4. This is very good from MTN

  5. Veri good...
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  6. Good run.... Mtn 🙌