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MTN and Ericsson launch 5G services in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria's 5G network will be based on software-defined network capabilities, enabling a higher degree of autonomous operation through a combination of current AI techniques.

Ericsson and MTN Nigeria have successfully launched 5G services across some parts of Lagos.

The first phase of the launch covers certain parts of Lagos and Nigeria where Ericsson’s 5G technology – which includes 5G Radio Access Network & NSA Packet Core – will accelerate the development and digitalisation of key sectors such as education, healthcare and manufacturing. The new launch will also enable consumers and enterprises in Nigeria “to provide 5G applications that will unlock the potential of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities and immersive communication over augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for consumers.”

With Ericsson Radio System, MTN will provide advanced Mobile broadband & fixed wireless access services which will unlock a range of new opportunities in the Enterprise domain.

Commenting on the development, Mohammed Rufai, Chief Technical Officer, MTN Nigeria, said: “5G will revolutionise the way we live and communicate across industries. With the speeds 5G offers, we will be able to experience the internet with low latency, which means no lag, making our virtual interactions more real. At MTN, we will continue to pursue the rollout of 5G technology to revolutionize internet access across the continent.”

Hossam Kandeel, Vice President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, added: “5G is not just about speed. 5G helps people do more with their devices, unlocking a whole new world of possibilities for society. 5G connectivity is likely to pave the way for life-altering advancements and we are proud to be a part of Nigeria’s 5G digital transformation that has only just begun. With connectivity being the backbone of digitization, we are committed to delivering the best service to our partners at MTN Nigeria to support them in this thrilling journey.”

In the future, MTN Nigeria’s Ericsson-powered 5G network will be driven by software-defined network capabilities where a combination of currently available AI techniques will allow a higher degree of practical autonomous operation.