With 4G still in its infancy across Africa, and 2G still a vital mobile technology in many markets, MTN is preparing for the future by planning a trial of 5G technology in South Africa with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
MTN is set to trial a range of 5G use cases and applications in its Test Bed labs with a view to commercial deployment at a later date. Of particular interest to MTN is the way 5G technology can be deployed to aid the digital transformation of enterprise users in key industry verticals such as mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and utilities.
The Ericsson and MTN teams meet to plan their 5G cooperation at AfricaCom 2017.
"5G gives us the opportunity to rethink our business and address previously untapped value chains. The new technology opens up new opportunities in new ecosystems," noted Giovanni Chiarelli, CTIO at MTN South Africa, in a prepared statement.
"In collaboration with Ericsson, we are continuously testing, learning and pushing the boundaries of how 5G can meet the diverse needs of our customers in the future. We're developing 5G technology based on real business needs," he added.
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The introduction of 4G mobile broadband services across Africa has been transformative for individual users, businesses and economies, as well as the continent's mobile operators, but now the world is getting excited about the potential of 5G.
This webinar looks at the evolving role of 4G across Africa and how 5G will play a role in the development of digital, connected economies.
This webinar is part of the Connecting Africa Digital Series, which is produced in association with AfricaCom.