MTN Nigeria Communications Plc kicked off an open 5G pilot on Wednesday ahead of the highly anticipated commercial launch.
The company, which plans to launch 5G services in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri, is testing its next-generation network infrastructure.
According to a statement from MTN, customers with certain enabled devices are allowed to connect to and try the new service where coverage is available.
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The statement added: “To access and enjoy the 5G network, customers will need compatible devices, such as routers and mobile phones, which can be pre-ordered from designated MTN drop-in stores and online through the MTN. Nigeria website and e-marketplace.The pre-ordered devices can be picked up or delivered to customers after the launch event that will take place in the coming weeks.
“The advanced technology promises to increase 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.
Adia Sowho, chief marketing officer, MTN Nigeria, said: “Every major technological evolution is redefining what is possible – changing the way we live and the way we connect. MTN Nigeria is at the forefront of every leap in telecommunications: from GSM to 2G , 3G and 4G 5G has the potential to change everything, allowing us to connect, create, collaborate and compete in ways we couldn’t even imagine.
She expressed MTN’s appreciation for the unwavering support and leadership of the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission in the implementation of the National Policy on 5G Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy,” which of 5G in the country. We are honored to be a part of this revolution and being the first to bring 5G to Nigeria we are really excited about all the possibilities for the nation.”
The spectrum issued to MTN Nigeria as one of the two successful winners of the 5G license bid has a promising future for technology in Nigeria and is expected to contribute $2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034, according to a 2020 GSMA Intelligence -report.
With this launch, leveraging the largest spectrum for 5G in Africa, Nigeria will join a handful of African countries that have rolled out the 5G network.