MTN said the agreement it signed with Ericsson to launch 5G (Fifth generation) network would see it deploy the commercial service across Nigeria and other 20 operations.
The operator disclosed this after switching on its 5G network in the cities of Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth in South Africa recently. The MTN 5G launch is central to the mobile operator’s commitment towards accelerating Africa’s growth plans.
The launch confirmed Ericsson’s ability as a Core and Radio Access Network (RAN) infrastructure enabling the deployment of next-generation technology to deliver rich consumer experiences while building a robust, future-proof 5G network.
MTN previously upgraded to Evolved Packet Core (EPC) by Ericsson which enabled MTN to launch 5G services based on new radio (NR) non-standalone (NSA) while paving the way for a smooth evolution into NR Standalone and 5G Core (5GC) in future.
Under the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Ericsson committed to provide MTN with radio access network equipment from its Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which enable 5G services on both low- and mid-band. Ericsson’s solutions to MTN also includes the award-winning Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.
President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, said: “We have a rich history of working in close partnership with MTN and now we are going live with 5G in South Africa. With many live commercial 5G networks across the globe, we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with MTN, jointly leading and driving innovation to ensure the digitalisation of Africa.”
The chief technology and information office, MTN SA, Giovanni Chiarelli added that, “5G has the potential to accelerate the digital transformation of industries, as well as empower consumers with innovative applications. Our strategic partnership with innovative partners is integral to our efforts.”