MTN Conducted First 5G Test, Hits 20Gbps
African largest telecom company MTN has conducted its first ever 5G Network test at its South African Head Office in Johannesburg and recorded a success of over 20-gigabits per second in its first trial. MTN conducted the trial in partnership with Ericsson as part of both companies’ propose 5G demonstration.
According to MTN, the test aims to examine the possibilities for a commercial deployment of 5G technologies in the near future. The result achieved recorded about 20Gbps with less than 5ms latency in the 5G trial, which the company said is the highest ever achieved on a mobile network in Africa
The company received an 800MHz spectrum 15GHz band temporary license to conduct its 5G trials.
“With 5G, remote healthcare through connected robots could offer world-class surgery in the most remote parts of the continent and the world. Self-driving cars could change the face of road safety, along with smart agriculture, smart mining, and smart cities,”
There is no doubt that 5G will offer the consumer higher speeds and lower latency‚ but to achieve this we need the capacity that comes with additional spectrum- MTN CTIO, Giovanni Chiarelli
Although Independent Communications Authority of South Africa was yet to allocate spectrum for 4G infrastructure which forced operators to reallocate 2G and 3G spectrum, however, MTN has a 4G license in Nigeria and we look forward to its deployment of 5G technology in the country soon.