MTN Nigeria Communications Plc on Friday launched an open pilot of its 5th Generation (5G) ahead of its long-awaited commercial launch.
The telecommunications giant, which plans to roll out 5G services in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri, is testing its next-generation network infrastructure. Customers with certain activated devices can connect and try out the new service.
To access and use 5G networks, customers need a compatible device such as a router or mobile phone. These devices can be pre-ordered at designated MTN Nigeria stores and online through his MTN Nigeria website and e-marketplace.
Pre-ordered devices will be picked up or shipped to customers after the launch event, which is scheduled for the next few weeks.
The telecom company said in a statement yesterday that advanced technology will increase the reach and capacity of MTN Nigeria’s data network in Nigeria, resulting in much higher speeds and lower latency, allowing customers to access information and downloads of interest almost instantly. I said I would be able to access it.
Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Adia Sowho, said: “Every major technological evolution redefines what is possible – changing the way we live and the way we connect. MTN Nigeria has been at the forefront of every leap in telecommunications – from GSM to 2G, 3G, and 4G; 5G has the potential to change everything. It will allow us to connect, create, collaborate, and compete in ways we’ve not even begun to imagine.
“We appreciate the unwavering support and leadership of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) 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.”
With this launch, taking advantage of the largest spectrum of frequencies dedicated to 5G in Africa, Nigeria will join a number of African countries that have already deployed 5G networks.