Nigeria Begins Test for 5G Technology

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Nigeria Begins Test for 5G Technology

Nigeria is the first west African country to test 5G technology and application. This is according to MTN who kicked off plans to launch 5G Internet connectivity in Nigeria after an immersive demo event in Abuja, the country’s capital.

This launch comes after collaborations between the Nigerian Ministry of Communications Technology and Digital Economy, the Nigerian Communications Commission, MTN and Huawei, ZTE, and Ericsson.

This development is expected in three other cities in the country. It will showcase the capabilities and strength of 5G Technology as well as its potential in economic growth and social inclusion.

At the demo event, a wide range of 5G use and applications were tasted at a test lab designed to show proof of concept

The event had in attendance Nigerian dignitaries including former National football team captain, Joseph Yobo as well as Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantanmi and other top government officials.

Speaking at the event, Dr Pantanmi expressed his optimism about the 5G Technology.
“I believe as long as we are able to handle the potential challenges, the deployment of 5G is very crucial to our economy, because of so many advantages of 5G, the issue of latency, speed and many more.”

MTN Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman expressed his appreciation for a successful collaboration with all authorities and partners which brought into reality the 5G trials.

With the launch of 5G technology comes faster internet connectivity. 5G has 1000 times the capacity of 4G. Also, 5G latency is 10 times more reliable than 4G.
In addition to the bandwidth increase, 5G allows real-time, ultra- relatable communication between massive numbers for devices.
It provides innovative and transformative opportunities which will improve the quality and development of users.

“5G offers tremendous benefits in terms of speed, latency, efficiency and security. This pot offers a unique opportunity for us to explore use-cases and applications in Nigeria, and we are excited about its potential for our country and our company,” stated Mohammed Rufai, Chief Technical Officer, MTN Nigeria.

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