MTN launches South Africa’s first 5G trial

9 Jan 2018

MTN has launched the first 5G trial in South Africa in partnership with equipment vendor Ericsson, after the duo signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in November 2017 to collaborate on the rollout of 5G technologies in the country. The 5G trial achieved download speeds of more than 20Gbps with latency of just five milliseconds. For the trial, MTN used 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band, which was awarded by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on a temporary basis. MTN South Africa Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Giovanni Chiarelli said: ‘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 thus once again we call on the government to urgently release the much-needed spectrum that is required in South Africa, to lower the cost of data and drive growth and development for all South Africans.’