How MTN plans to expand its 5G network

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc launched a 5G open pilot last week as it plans to roll out 5G services in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri soon.

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, the 5G network licensees were supposed to start on August 24.

Mafab Communications Limited, the only other carrier with a 5G license, has since announced that it will not meet the commission’s goal.


In fact, the NCC granted it a five-month extension to launch 5G services due to delays in the phone company issuing a unified access service license and numbering plan.

Mafab President, Mosbeh Bashir, said, “I have no doubt that the service will help bring about improvements in education, business, smart cities and entertainment. The goal remains to launch before the 5-month extension period, and we will share more information in the near future.

MTN, for its part, is testing the next generation network infrastructure before its launch, and it will allow customers with certain devices activated to connect and try out the new service where coverage is available.

Speaking about the beta test, MTN Nigeria Chief Marketing Officer Adia Soho said: “Every major technological development is redefining what is possible – changing the way we live and the way we communicate.

“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 didn’t even begin to imagine.

“We appreciate the unwavering support and leadership of His Excellency the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission in implementing the National 5G Networks Policy for Nigeria’s digital economy, which has led to the implementation of 5G in the country. We are honored to be a part of this revolution and to be the first to bring 5G to Nigeria, We are really excited about all the possibilities for the nation.

Experts say, starting in seven states, the network should expand to several more countries as quickly as possible.

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