MTN to roll out 5G network
In preparation for the imminent rollout of 5G services in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc launched an open 5G experiment last week.
The Nigerian Communications Commission stated that the rollouts for 5G licensees were scheduled to start on August 24.
The only other 5G-licensed telecom company, Mafab Communications Limited, has subsequently stated that it will fall short of the commission's goal.
Because of the delays in giving the telco a Unified Access Service Licence and Numbering plan, the NCC gave it a five-month extension to put out 5G services.
Chairman, Mafab, Musbahu Bashir, said, “I have no doubt that the service will help deliver improvements in the fields of education, business, smart cities and entertainment. The goal remains to launch before the 5-month extension period, and we will be sharing more information in the near future.”
Customers with specific devices that support the new service will be able to connect to MTN's testing of the next-generation network infrastructure and test it out where coverage is available.