MTN Nigeria Rolls Out First Live Demo 5G Network Service In West Africa

On Monday, MTN Nigeria carried out its first live demo of 5G network service, making Nigeria the first country in West Africa to perform a trial of 5G technology and its applications.
This rollout was the result of a strong partnership between the Nigerian Communications Commission, the Ministry of Communications Technology and Digital Economy, Huawei and MTN (Abuja), Ericsson (Lagos) and ZTE (Calabar).
The demo and experience will run across three Nigerian cities, showcasing the capabilities of 5G and its potential to boost economic growth as well as social inclusion.
By working together, MTN and its collaborator – Huawei, were able to offer a glimpse into a variety of 5G use cases and apps at a testing Lab designed to showcase proof-of-concept in Abuja.
MTN was honoured to host Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami; Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Garba Danbatta, the Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, as well as the Chairman of the House of Representatives, Committee on Communications, Honourable Akeem Adeyemi at the launch event.

Speaking after touring the exhibition booths, Dr Pantami emphasised the potential of 5G for sustainable growth.
He also stressed the importance of a solid regulatory framework to protect Nigeria’s telecommunications infrastructure.
Highlighting the significance of partnerships, Ferdi Moolman, the CEO of MTN Nigeria, said that pushing boundaries becomes easier when aspirations are supported by a likeminded group of people.
The 5G trial will carry on for three months using trial spectrum that was allocated to MTN by the NCC.

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