MTN launches 5G network in 7 states in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc said it has launched an open 5G pilot ahead of the highly anticipated commercial launch in 7 states. The states that will witness the initial launch, the company said, are Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri.

MTN said that through its ongoing testing of its 5G infrastructure, its customers with certain enabled devices will be able to connect to and try out the new service wherever coverage is available.

The advanced technology is expected to increase the reach and capacity of MTN Nigeria’s data network in Nigeria 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 take minutes.

What the company says

Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Adia Sowho, said in a statement on Wednesday: “Every major technological evolution is redefining what is possible – changing the way we live and connect. MTN Nigeria is at the forefront of every leap in telecommunications: from GSM to 2G , 3G and 4G. 5G has the potential to change everything. It allows us to connect, create, collaborate and compete in ways we couldn’t even imagine.” “We appreciate the continued support and leadership of the Honorable 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 promotes the implementation of 5G in the country has stimulated. We are honored to be a part of this revolution and being the first to bring 5G to Nigeria, we are really excited about all the possibilities for the nation,” she added.

What you should know

The spectrum issued to MTN Nigeria as one of the two successful winners of the 5G license bid offers a promising future for technology in Nigeria and is expected to contribute $2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034, according to a 2020 GSMA Intelligence -Report -“The Mobile Economy”. The implementation of 5G will help achieve the national targets in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, as well as other sectoral policies designed to enhance Nigeria’s digital transformation. While MTN is still focused on its third quarter launch in line with the terms of the license, Nigeria’s second 5G licensed operator, Mafab Communications, has been granted a 5-month extension for its rollout by the Nigerian Communications Commission.

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