MTN Launches 5G Test

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CEM REPORT | In the build-up to the anticipated 5G launch, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has launched a trail of the technology in the country.

The 5G network which is expected to be experienced first in 7 states, the telecommunications giant says, include Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri is expected to extend the reach and capacity of MTN Nigeria’s data network within the country and enable much faster speeds and lower latency, giving customers near-instant access to the things they care about and downloads that take seconds, instead of minutes.

Announcing the launch on Wednesday, the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer, Adia Sowho in a statement to the Nigerian Exchange, said that customers with 5G enabled devices which includes routers and mobile phones can access and enjoy the service.

“Every major technological evolution redefines what is possible – changing how we live and connect. MTN Nigeria has been at the forefront of every leap in telecommunications: from GSM to 2G, 3G, and 4G. 5G has the potential to change everything. It will allow us to connect, create, collaborate, and compete in ways we’ve not even begun to imagine.”

“We appreciate the unwavering support and leadership of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission in implementing the National Policy on 5G Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy, which has driven the implementation of 5G in the country. We’re honoured to be a part of this revolution and being the first to bring 5G to Nigeria we are truly excited about all the possibilities for the nation.”

MTN Nigeria is one of two firms that won the 5G license bid, which according to a 2020 GSMA Intelligence report – “The Mobile Economy” is projected to contribute $2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034.

The deployment of the infrastructure will move Nigeria to its broadband penetration target and help boost the  National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, as well as other sectoral policies designed to enhance Nigeria’s digital transformation.

While MTN is still targeting Q3 to launch in line with the conditions of the licence, the second operator with 5G licence in Nigeria, Mafab Communications, has been given a 5-month extension for its rollout by the Nigerian Communications Commission.

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