MTN Nigeria Kicks Off 5G Pilot Launch In 7 Cities.
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has begun an open 5G pilot in the lead-up to its highly anticipated commercial launch.
To begin testing on its planned 5G commercial rollout across Nigeria, the company said it intends to launch the service in 7 cities namely Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri.
However, only customers with specific enabled smartphones and routers will be able to connect with 5G to test the new service where coverage is available.
The company said, “Customers with certain enabled devices will be allowed to connect with and try out the new service where coverage is available.”
The 5G network service will be available to compatible devices which can be pre-ordered from designated MTN walk-in stores and online through the MTN Nigeria website and e-marketplace.
According to MTN, “The pre-ordered devices can be picked up or will be delivered to customers post the launch event scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.
“The advanced technology promises to extend 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.
MTN also said, “The implementation of 5G will accelerate the actualization of the national targets in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, as well as other sectoral policies designed to enhance Nigeria’s digital transformation.
“With this launch, leveraging the largest spectrum dedicated to 5G in Africa, Nigeria will join a handful of African countries that have rolled out the 5G network.
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