MTN NG has commenced its 5G network trial in the country’s Federal Capital, Abuja, today. This is first in West Africa.
The launch of the 5G Network is in line with the mobile operator’s decision to roll out 5G in other major cities in Nigeria before 2020. This is coming immediately after the telecom operator successfully ran a trial of the Network in South Africa, achieving 20 Gigabyte per second (Gbps) with less than five minutes latency.
Earlier in 2018, MTN Nigeria says it will start the commercial deployment of 5G technology before 2020. True to its words, the first official 5G Demo has been launched in Nigeria, in partnership with Huawei.
The test run of the fifth-generation cellular network by MTN is indeed the biggest achievement any telco would naturally boast of in Africa. 5G is better than 4G in a number of ways. 5G technology has 1,000-times the capacity, 100-times the connected device, 100-times the speed, 10-times reliability, and 10-times lower latency than 4G.
Today, we get to experience the future, LIVE in Abuja as we launch the first official 5G Demo in Nigeria, in partnership with Huawei. Get ready for an exclusive sneak peek into the world of 5G! #MTN5GDemo #ExperienceTheFuture #GoodTogether
— MTN Nigeria (@MTNNG) November 25, 2019
Speaking on the benefits of 5G Network to subscribers, CEO of MTN
“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.”
Ferdi Moolman, CEO of MTN Nigeria
About The MTN 5G Test in Abuja
1. A comparism test took place between 4G and 5G and it took just 15.78 seconds to download a 2.3 GB video on the 5G network. The same file on 4G took exactly 5 minutes, 3.84 seconds.
2. 4G network is on the 2600 MHz band and 5G on 26 GHz.
3. For the trial, MTN secured a 100 MHz spectrum in Calabar and 20 MHz in Abuja. As, expected this resulted in a significant difference between the Internet speed tests in Abuja and Calabar.
4. A major difference between 5G and 4G, is latency. On 5G, data is sent and received more than 100 times faster than 4G.
MTN will also be conducting network trials in two other locations in Nigeria: Calabar and Lagos. The network testing in Abuja is powered by Huawei. Calabar and Lagos are powered by ZTE and Ericson respectively.
Following MTN’s trial, the telco company will continue with its plans to make 5G Network available in Nigerian cities.