Get Ready for 5G Network in the Next Few Weeks-MTN Tells Nigerians

*Targets Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri for Roll-Out City

August 25, 2022

Mobile Teleommunication network provider, MTN, has declared its readiness to deploy the Fifth Generation, 5G, spectrum for use by its subscribers in Nigeria.

The telephony outfit made the declaration in a statement made available to newsmen by its Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Adia Sowho, on Wednesday, while teeing off an open 5G pilot, leading to its much awaited commercial roll-out in weeks.

According to the network provider, 5G pilot services will begin in seven cities, including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri where it is already testing the network infrastructure.

The technology, the network statement further read, “promises to extend the reach and capacity of MTN Nigeria’s data network in Nigeria, enough to enable much faster speeds and lower latency, thus offering its subscribers near-instant access to the things they care about and downloads that take seconds, rather than minutes.

Preparatory to the launch, MTN advised its customers to pre-order compatible devices, including smart phones, routers, from its designated outlets or online via, MTN Nigeria website and other selected e-marketplaces.

The ordered device can be picked up or delivered to customers after the launch event scheduled for the coming weeks. Thereafter, customers with certain enabled devices will be allowed to connect with and try out the new service where coverage is available.

“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,” Sowho said.

MTN Nigeria is one of the two successful winners of the 5G spectrum licence bid which experts opine, holds promising future for technology in Nigeria given its projected capacity to contribute as much as $2.2tr to the global economy by 2034, according to data released by a 2020 GSMA Intelligence report-The Mobile Economy.

It is projected that the 5G technology implementation will accelerate the actualisation of the national targets in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, including other sectoral policies designed to enhance the country’s digital transformation. The launch is equally expected to position the nation as one of the few African economies to leverage on the largest spectrum dedicated to 5G in the continent.

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