Recently, MTN Nigeria kicked off an open 5G pilot in the build-up to its highly anticipated commercial launch. The operator, which intends to launch 5G services in the Nigerian cities of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ibadan, Owerri, Kano and Maiduguri, is testing the next-generation network infrastructure.
According to the telecom operator, customers with specific enabled devices will be allowed to connect with and try out the new service where coverage is available.
Adia Sowho, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, said, “The advanced technology promises to extend 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 minutes.
“Every significant 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. In addition, 5G has the potential to change the entire landscape,” she added.
Sowho also thanked “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,” she said.
According to a 2020 GSMA Intelligence report -“The Mobile Economy”, the spectrum issued to MTN Nigeria as one of the two winners of the 5G license bid holds a promising future for technology in Nigeria. It is projected to contribute US$2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034.