BREAKING! MTN Trials 5G Technology In Abuja Amidst Concerns Over 4G Under-utilisation
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By Rommy IMAH
MTN Nigeria today carried out the first live demo of 5G network service in Nigeria in an event that took place in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, according to a report by weetracker.
The event was witnessed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami; Chairman NCC Board, Otunba Olabiyi Durojaiye; Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, former EVC NCC, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe; former President of NBA, Mr. A.B. Mahmoud SAN; and Mallam Muhammad Ahmad, pioneer Director General, National Pensions Commission, among other dignitaries.
The demo comes after an earlier announcement by the telco to commercially roll out 5G in Nigeria before next year, and even as there are widespread concerns about the underutilization of the 4G technology currently being deployed by telcos in Nigeria.
Recall that in July last year, MTN Nigeria announced that it will begin to commercially deploy 5G technology in Nigeria before 2020 to enable it provide better data services at a more affordable cost to its subscribers.
MTN had earlier in 2018, announced at its Group Headquarters in South Africa, that it has begun the first 5G technology application trial in Africa, in collaboration with network equipment provider, Ericsson.
The completion of MTN’s first 5G technology and application trials in South Africa saw the telco achieve a throughput of over 20Gbps with less than five minutes latency in the 5G trial.
And with the demo in Abuja today, the company appears to be finally bringing the technology to its largest market, Nigeria, where the company currently has a 4G license.
MTN claims that the new technology is at least 100 times faster than 4G. When compared to 4G, 5G provides faster data transfer speed and lower latency. In addition, 5G boasts of improved reliability as well as better support for more devices.
The company claimed to have achieved download speeds of more than 20 gigabits per second in the first trial in South Africa, adding that the 5G trial is based on commercially available baseband hardware and is 5G-mobility supported.
According to MTN, the speed of 5G is the highest achieved on any mobile network in Africa. In comparison, the 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.
Ferdi Moolman, MTN Nigeria’s CEO said during last year’s announcement 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 democratising voice and data connectivity in order to improve subscriber experience, and has invested over N800Billion in infrastructure in Nigeria.”
Experts believe that with an adequate spectrum allocated to the 5G standard, the increased capacity would result in lower data cost to Nigerians.
Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman MTN; Prof. Umar Danbatta, EVC NCC; Dr. Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Otunba Olabiyi Durojaiye, Chairman NCC Board; Frederick Moolman, CEO MTN; Joseph Yobbo was around to see demonstration of 5G latency in virtual football; Hon. Adeyemi, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications at the 5G demo by MTN Nigeria in Abuja, Monday…..